By Susan Duclos – All News PipeLine
From sanctuary cities to the mainstream media, to Democrats in the Senate, “sanctuary” is the word of the day, as in, there will be no more sanctuary for those that have betrayed America.
(Sanctuary City Map – Source: Center for Immigration Studies – Updated August 2016)
SANCTUARY CITIES ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK
One of the goals set forth in Donald Trump’s Contract with the American Voter, listed under the “Five actions to restore security and the constitutional rule of law,” is to “cancel all funding to sanctuary cities,” and with President-Elect Donald Trump’s choice of Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, that goal has become a major flash point for the pro-illegal immigration, amnesty-supporting, liberal mainstream media.
A sanctuary city is described in the following manner by OJJPAC.org: In 1996, the 104th U.S. Congress passed Pub. L. 104-208, also known as the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA ). The IIRIRA requires local governments to cooperate with Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency. Despite the IIRIRA, hundreds of urban, suburban, and rural communities have ignored the law and adopted so-called “sanctuary policies.” – Generally, sanctuary policies instruct local or state government employees not to notify the federal government of the presence of illegal aliens living in or passing through their communities, counties, or states. These policies may also blur the legal distinction between legal resident aliens and illegal aliens, so illegal aliens can have access to the same taxpayer funded programs and benefits available to legal permanent resident aliens.
CNN’s Jake Tapper interviewed incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on November 20, with Tapper asking Priebus about Trump’s plans with the following statements and question:
TAPPER: Let’s turn to sanctuary cities. The city of Los Angeles is home to about half-a-million undocumented immigrants.
The chief of the Los Angeles Police Department said that he will not cooperate with federal agents when it comes to deporting them. And Mr. Trump has promised to — quote — “cancel all federal funding to sanctuary cities.”
The city of Los Angeles got $500 million from the federal government last year. Will that money be cut? And when will that happen? Day one?
Before addressing the points Priebus makes, let’s call a spade a spade shall we? The phrase “undocumented immigrants,” is one of the problems that has been noted during the Obama administration where it became governmental policy to avoid the term “illegal” immigrant, despite the fact that immigrants that are “undocumented” are, in fact, those here in America illegally. Amnesty supporters, the mainstream media, and liberals across the board have been attempting to change the proper term of illegal immigrant since well before Obama took office, but when an administration decides to officially water down language in order to make a crime seem more palatable, it is unacceptable.
Back to the interview, Priebus accurately points out that any city deliberately ignoring federal law, should not then be handed $500 million by the same federal government whose laws they are blatantly violating.
PRIEBUS: Well, that’s something for the new administration to decide and something that we’re going to all be working on and looking into.
But I will say, as a general matter, I totally agree that sanctuary cities — I mean, the idea that a city would decide to ignore federal law, and then want the federal government to help them anyway, is an inconsistent position for those local governments to continue to engage in.
And so I think this is a matter of negotiation. I think it’s something that the Trump administration, myself and others included that are the appropriate levels of government, will deal with.
But, certainly, I can’t imagine that too many Americans are watching this and thinking that it’s a good idea for a city to allow for blanket amnesty, ignoring federal law, and then saying, now give me $500 million.
No, that’s not the way life works. And I think that the Trump administration is going to explore this issue and I think resolve some of these major problems happening all across the country.
Full transcript here and that portion of the interview is shown in the short clip below.
$500 million is a lot of money, but considering the amount of sanctuary cities spread across America, if federal funding was stripped from them all, that would mean hundreds of billions of dollars that could be used for other purposes, such as infrastructure, or even enforcement of the immigration laws already on the books, laws that the Obama administration has refused to enforce during his term.