Donald Trump is now the 45th President of the United States, and among those who will regret getting on his bad side are the mayors of our nation’s sanctuary cities: New York City, Chicago, Seattle, Boston, San Francisco, Providence, Denver, and many others.Unfortunately for them, you can’t pick and choose which Federal laws you’re going to abide by. Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to defund those cities at the Federal level, and now there’s a bill in Congress to do just that.
As Breitbart reported:A bill proposed by a U.S. representative from Pennsylvania will cut off all federal funding to state, county and local jurisdictions with sanctuary policies.
“Not one cent,” Representative Lou Barletta (R-PA) told Breitbart Texas in an interview on Thursday morning. “These mayors, sheriffs, and state leaders are thumbing their noses at federal immigration law. The only way to stop them is to hit them in their pocketbooks.”
He said the leaders of these sanctuary jurisdictions are not just choosing to violate federal law, “they’re bragging about it in press conferences.”Mayors across the country have been lining up in droves to declare themselves sanctuary cities, Breitbart Texas reported in November 2016. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said, “Chicago always will be a sanctuary city,” NPR reported. “To all those who are, after Tuesday’s election, very nervous and filled with anxiety … you are safe in Chicago, you are secure in Chicago and you are supported in Chicago.” His comments come in the face of the city’s massive crime and murder rates. By the end of the year, Chicago would approach 800 murders by the end of 2016.
Why these mayors would defend their sanctuary policies for any reason — other than to make a political statement — remains a mystery. What, exactly, do they gain from having a large illegal immigrant population? It’ll be interesting to see what they’ll do when faced with choosing between federal funding and policies that harm them.
[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]