The First Cut is the Deepest

Jeff SessionsPhoto Credit: Gage Skidmore

Trump-appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced yesterday that the Department of Justice will be witholding billions of dollars in federal funds from cities that provide sanctuary to illegal immigrants who commit crimes.

Cities at risk of losing federal funding include New York, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston, Denver, and Washington DC.  Among the largest cities in the U.S., these cities remain major terror threats as well.

This, despite the successful efforts of police forces across the nation to reduce crime, as evidenced by U.S. crime rates being near historic lows.

New York City Mayor Bill Deblasio was defiant, releasing a statement that said,

“We will remain welcoming of immigrants who have helped make our city the safest big city in the nation.  Any attempt to cut NYPD funding for the nation’s top terror target will be aggressively fought in court.”

Deblasio defiant of threatened budget cuts

Mayors from other large cities have voiced similar defiance.

From Boston Mayor Marty Walsh:

“If people want to live here, they’ll live here.  They can use my office. They can use any office in this building.”

And from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel earlier this year:

“I want to be clear: We’re gonna stay a sanctuary city”

The Trump administration might see witholding federal funds from sanctuary cities as a way to notch at least the appearance of a victory after failing to implement a travel ban (twice), repeal Obamacare, and after the resignation of Trump-appointed National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

Fox News reports that weighing in on the subject is David Ray, spokesman for the Federation of American Immigration Reform

“Shining a light on the statistics could further bolster public opinion behind the administration”

“The American public was already convinced that hundreds of thousands of criminal aliens wandering the streets of America was a serious issue that needed to be dealt with, which is why they put President Trump in the White House in the first place,” Ray said. “The Trump administration’s move to publish the weekly data highlighting denied detainer requests was not intended to show an already convinced American public that a problem exists, but simply to demonstrate the size and scope of the problem while highlighting the bad players.”

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