Announcing his defiance of federal immigration law and the Trump administration’s pledge to cut off funding to cities that protect illegal aliens from deportation, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh vowed to let illegal aliens live in his personal office, or any other office in the building.
“If people want to live here, they’ll live here,” Walsh said. “They can use my office. They can use any office in this building,” said Walsh.
He is just one of a number of big city mayors who think it is wrong to deport illegal aliens, even if they commit some crimes while in the U.S. They have vowed to be “sanctuaries” for illegals.
Although it is not a legal or technical term, “sanctuary cities” are communities whose elected officials refuse to cooperate with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after local police have apprehended illegal immigrants. By federal law, they are required to inform the feds when they have an illegal immigrant in custody, even if he or she has not been convicted of a crime.
Several big cities, including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, as well as dozens and possibly hundreds of smaller counties, cities and towns, also have refused to detain some illegal aliens who are being freed from detention after committing crimes, even though ICE requested that the aliens remain in custody so they can be deported.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions at a White House briefing said the Trump administration intends to withhold Justice Department grants from cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
“Failure to deport aliens who are convicted of criminal offenses puts whole communities at risk, especially immigrant communities in the very sanctuary jurisdictions that seek to protect the perpetrators,” Sessions warned.