January 1, 2017
Can the incoming Trump administration put an end to so-called “sanctuary cities”?
A major legal fight is brewing that will ultimately decide whether cities run by left-wing Democrats can continue to protect illegal aliens from deportation by federal immigration authorities.
Following the presidential election, the Democrat mayors of many big cities across the country publicly vowed to do all they can to protect illegal aliens, even ones arrested for crimes, from deportation by the new administration of President-elect Donald Trump. If Trump keeps his campaign promises, the mayors’ decisions to defy federal immigration law could prove costly.
Associated Press reported that the big city mayors who plan to continue providing sanctuary to illegal aliens include some of the biggest names in Democrat politics, such as Jim Kenney of Philadephia, Bill de Blasio of New York, Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, Ed Lee of San Francisco, and Jorge Elorza of Providence, Rhode Island. Those mayors, and others with similar political sympathies throughout the country, have ordered their local police as well as other city employees, to refuse cooperation with federal immigration authorities. In some cities, the police are even forbidden from asking anyone they encounter about their immigration status.
That practice means that even when an illegal alien is released from local police custody after commiting a crime, federal immigration authorities who would normally schedule the alien for deportation, are not notified.
The practice has sometimes resulted in tragedy. Kate Steinle, 31, was shot and killed by a freed illegal alien, a career drug felon, who after finishing a 46 month sentence, was released by San Francisco law enforcement into the U.S. population despite a request by federal authorities to hold him for deportation.
During his campaign, Donald Trump pledged to end sanctuary cities, saying “those who refuse to cooperate with federal authorities will not receive taxpayer dollars.”
If he keeps his word, Trump will be able cut off millions in federal funding to sanctuary cities, according to Rep. John Culbertson, R-TX.