There are over 300 jurisdictions identified by Immigration Customs Enforcement that have the “sanctuary” designation – those which shield illegal immigrants from federal immigration authorities for solely committing immigration-related crimes (though others shield them from more. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he wouldn’t even report an illegal immigrant who was caught drunk driving).
Needless to say, the majority of the nation’s illegals are housed in sanctuary cities. According to the Pew Research Center, 61 percent of the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants (although some estimates suggest there are as many as 15 million illegals) reside in just twenty sanctuary cities. Those cities are pictured below:
Donald Trump has already threatened on multiple occasions to defund cities that keep their sanctuary status, and if he follows through, it’ll free up enough tax revenue to fund the entire construction of the wall within just a year. Check out what’s at stake for those cities:
According to the Daily Signal, just 106 of the nation’s sanctuary cities have received a total of $27 billion in federal funding – while the estimated cost of the wall has ranged from $10 billion to $25 billion.
If Mexico doesn’t pay, why not have another enabler fork up the cash?
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]