Over the past few weeks, a number of actions have been taken by President Donald J. Trump and Executive Branch agencies to suggest that the 45th President is engaged in an all-out war against “sanctuary” cities and states.
During his State of the Union address, President Trump recognized California man Jody Jones, whose brother Rocky was killed by an illegal alien felon with a long rap sheet. The alleged killer was protected from federal immigration authorities due to the state’s “sanctuary” policy.
“Rocky was at a gas station when this vile criminal fired eight bullets at him from close range, murdering him in cold blood,” President Trump said. “Jody, our hearts weep for your loss and we will not rest until you have justice.”
Meanwhile, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has issued subpoenas from New York City and Denver, both “sanctuaries,” for information regarding four illegal aliens in each locale. The agency has never taken such extreme action against cities that harbor illegal aliens.
Last week, Attorney General Bill Barr filed a lawsuit against the state of New Jersey — a “sanctuary” state — along with King County, Washington, home to Seattle. The lawsuits make the same essential legal claim — that cities and states have no right to defy federal immigration law, according to the Constitution.
King County decided that it would not allow ICE to charter flights in and out of its airport for the purpose of removing illegal aliens from the United States. New Jersey has barred local law enforcement from using any resources to help federal immigration authorities detain or remove illegal aliens.
Friday, President Trump honored yet another victim of illegal alien crime, the granddaughter of a 92-year-old woman who was allegedly slain in cold blood by an illegal alien who had also committed prior violent crimes in Queens. As mentioned, New York City is a “sanctuary” city.
“Daria Ortiz, 19, one of victim Maria Fuertes’ grandchildren, spoke at the invitation of President Trump during an event focusing on border security with members the Border Patrol agents union,” New York Post reported.
Ortiz blasted the city and its “sanctuary” policies while addressing the crowd.
“Unfortunately, my grandmother had to be example of why something like this, [these] horrific crimes should never happen,” she said. “The tragedy is that this could have been avoided had there been no sanctuary law. The system not only failed our family, but they failed our city.”
Now, the U.S. House and Senate are getting involved in fighting against “sanctuaries.”
Both introduced a bill called the ‘‘Stop Greenlighting Driver Licenses for Illegal Immigrants Act,” which would prevent federal grant money from being distributed to “sanctuary” jurisdictions that refuse to work with federal law immigration officials, and ones that allow illegal aliens to obtain driver’s licenses.
New York and New Jersey are the latest states to give licenses to illegal aliens, following California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, and Washington.
The law would revoke funding granted to such cities and states under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant, described as “the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to states and units of local government.”
In other words, the law strips almost all of the federal funding allocated to “sanctuary” cities and states for criminal justice, leaving those locales to fight crime without financial assistance.
President Trump looks to be using his full arsenal of weapons to compel cities and states to follow federal immigration law, a huge part of what his supporters have demanded from him in the way of curbing illegal immigration.
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