Arguably, the central tenant of Donald Trump’s campaign for President involved cracking down on illegal immigration into the United States. Specifically, cracking down on so called “sanctuary cities,” cities which openly do not comply with federal immigration law was something which he reiterated time and time again.
Over the last several years, this concept has become more and more commonplace. Large cities have begun to routinely state that they will not comply with federal immigration law in order to protect individuals who are here illegally. One way which this could potentially be stopped would be to cut off federal money from going to these cities if they continue these policies.
Now, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced that the Department of Justice has formulated a plan to stop these sanctuary cities. The Department sent out letter to a number of municipalities in order to make clear that they would not longer be allowed to operate the way in which they have been over the last several years.
In a news release the Department of Justice stated, “Many of these jurisdictions are also crumbling under the weight of illegal immigration and violent crime.”
This is consistent which much of Trump’s rhetoric as he has continued to speak out against what he says is rising crime in some of the nation’s largest cities. Additionally he has long been an advocate to be “hard on crime.”
Despite these actions, city leaders have continued to state that they will still defy the federal laws and that this will not have an impact on their approach. Nonetheless though, cash strapped cities may have to eventually respond if they do lose significant sums of federal funding. In cities like Chicago where they have had significant funding problems, it might not be feasible to turn away from federal funding.
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(h/t New York Times)