By Dave Gibson, March 10, 2020
On Thursday, President Trump issued yet another public threat to the growing list of so-called ‘sanctuary cities’ across the country, following a recent court ruling.
“As per recent Federal Court ruling, the Federal Government will be withholding funds from Sanctuary Cities. They should change their status and go non-Sanctuary. Do not protect criminals!,” read Trump’s Tweet.
On February 26, the US Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled the feds can withhold grant money to cities, counties, and states that do not honor U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers on criminal aliens.
The ruling ends the 2017 suit filed by New York City, along with the states of Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Virginia and Washington, after the Trump Administration threatened to cut off federal funding to ‘sanctuary cities.’
However, the funds currently in question do not involve federal money for schools, roads, art projects, etc. The court decision was limited only to the disbursement of funds from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant, which annually provides state and local law enforcement with millions of dollars.
So, why is Trump’s credibility at stake?
Because, in April 2019, he also Tweeted that he was “giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only.” And that never happened.
Then in June 2019, the president announced that he was ordering ICE to begin raids that would result in the roundup and deportation of “millions” of illegal aliens. While there has been an increase in ICE raids, the number of illegal aliens arrested in those raids since the public announcement, has numbered in the thousands, rather than even in tens of thousands.
Unfortunately, President Trump has failed to live up to the robust promises to combat illegal immigration, made by ‘candidate Trump.’
If Trump makes good on his threat to withhold the funding, he could target dozens of ‘sanctuary sheriffs’ who refuse to hold dangerous illegal aliens for ICE, and then use the opportunity to make public the danger in which those individuals, such as Mecklenburg County (NC) Sheriff Garry L. McFadden; Buncombe County (NC) Sheriff Quentin Miller; and King County (WA) Mitzi Johanknecht, are placing the county’s residents.
But if it does not follow through, it will be seen as yet another broken promise on the issue that, arguably, got him elected.