Should sanctuary cities lose federal funding? | The Tylt
A federal judge just blocked President Trump's attempt to cut off sanctuary city funding, arguing the president's executive order violated the Constitution by tying billions of dollars in federal funding to immigration enforcement. The White House press office issued a scathing indictment of the ruling, declaring “the rule of law suffered another blow," and arguing unelected judges are enabling cities to harbor illegal immigrants. What do you think? 🏙
Should sanctuary cities lose federal funding?
The White House press office issued a blistering statement, accusing the judge of rewriting immigration policy and sanctuary city officials of having "the blood of dead Americans on their hands:"
"Once again, a single district judge -- this time in San Francisco -- has ignored Federal immigration law to set a new immigration policy for the entire country....San Francisco, and cities like it, are putting the well-being of criminal aliens before the safety of our citizens."
But lawyers for the city of San Francisco argued the president's executive order violated the Constitution "by essentially trying to commandeer state and local officials to enforce federal immigration law." Attorney Dennis Herrera said the White House is out of order, and the courts are fulfilling their role as a check on presidential power:
"This is why we have courts—to halt the overreach of a president and an attorney general who either don’t understand the Constitution or chose to ignore it."
But for others, it's a black-and-white issue. Cities can't expect federal funding when they're not complying with the law, and sanctuary cities are not putting America first.
Immigration and border security are two of the major platform promises that got Trump elected. His promise to deliver law and order was welcomed by millions of Americans, who say deporting undocumented immigrants who commit crimes is simply common sense.
Others applauded the ruling as a victory for safety, morality, and common sense.
The data support arguments made by law enforcement executives that communities are safer when law enforcement agencies do not become entangled in federal immigration enforcement efforts. The data also make clear that, when counties protect all of their residents, they see significant economic gains. By keeping out of federal immigration enforcement, sanctuary counties are keeping families together—and when households remain intact and individuals can continue contributing, this strengthens local economies.