The battle over sanctuary cities and alleged “criminal” immigrants is nothing new for Donald Trump or his base. But this week, Trump doubled down on his claims he could and likely will (“lawfully”) withhold federal funds from cities he says harbour immigrants that may or may not be in America legally.
CREDIT: Center for Immigration Studies
“I don’t think you should have sanctuary cities if they get that kind of aid. If you’re going to get aid to the cities and states for the kind of numbers you’re talking about, billions of dollars, I don’t think you should have sanctuary cities,” Trump said Wednesday, referring to jurisdictions that in some ways do not cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
Since the beginning of his Presidency, Trump has repeatedly argued that “sanctuary cities” make it difficult for federal immigration authorities to do their jobs. At one point in his presidency, Trump had long threatened to take monies from those cities by way of executive order. Due to obvious legislative issues, that threat never came to fruition due to staunch opposition in Washington from both sides of the political aisle.