by Robert Carbery
A federal judge on Tuesday, the 25th blocked a Trump administration order withholding funding from communities that fail to enforce federal immigration law or cooperate with US immigration authorities in another big blow to the Trump’s plan to “Make America Great Again.”
This news is just breaking today so more to come on this most recent roadblock.
An April 18 blog post on Judicial Watch titled, “New York Towns, Cities Follow AG’s Order to Adopt Illegal Alien Sanctuary Laws,” detailed the stupidity being enacted by liberal lawmakers in New York, joining others such as California in confronting the Trump administration.
Nearly a dozen New York State municipalities have followed the state attorney general’s recent “legal guidance” for how to skirt federal immigration law and continue its sanctuary city/state status. The purpose of that document was to: “assist local authorities that wish to become ‘sanctuary’ jurisdictions by offering model language that can be used to enact local laws or policies that limit participation in immigration enforcement activities.”
With this, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman provided local governments with a tool to “protect their immigrant communities, regardless of new federal enforcement practices.” Small towns and larger cities such as Rochester and the state’s capital, Albany, have followed Schneiderman’s directive.
New York is distinct in that the state’s top law enforcement authority is actively working to help local governments violate federal law. The sanctuary cities in the Empire State believe that Trump’s new immigration policies of enforcing federal law makes people feel unsafe and they believe it is in their power to make immigrants of any status feel welcome.
Last month, Irvington, an upscale town 20 miles from Manhattan, “unanimously passed a resolution making it a sanctuary city and lawmakers credit the attorney general’s legal guidance,” according to the Judicial Watch post.
One Irvington resident, however, is challenging the sanctuary measure imposed by the town. Lauri Regan, an attorney, says that the village is “protecting criminals and endangering the lives of citizens.” She points to a recent Maryland case of two illegal immigrants raping a 14-year old girl in a high school bathroom. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had issued a detainer for one of the rapists, but because the county was of the sanctuary type, it was ignored.
Discouraging cooperation between our local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies will only create more chaos and ensure an increasingly dangerous environment in cities and towns across the country. And many are waking up to this reality and speaking out.
Ed Mullins, president of the NYPD’s Sergeants Benevolent Association, stood up to this sanctuary city idiocy and slammed New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner James O’Neil for lashing out at US Attorney General Jeff Sessions for a Friday statement relating to the city’s non-compliance with federal immigration law and crime, according to a recent Daily Caller report.
Mullins said that “Sessions is absolutely correct to hold New York and other jurisdictions accountable for their so-called sanctuary policies.”
New York is putting its citizens in harm’s way for political purposes. As Seattle has done. As San Francisco is doing. And as the entire State of California is now proposing.
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) put a scare in sanctuary cities like New York when last Friday, it released a warning to nine US cities stating that they were at risk for losing federal grants due to non-compliance with federal immigration law. New York City was put on notice by the Trump administration.
The evidence against sanctuary cities is incontrovertible and mounting by the day. The DOJ statement lays it all out:
“The number of murders in Chicago has skyrocketed, rising more than 50 percent from the 2015 levels. New York City continues to see gang murder after gang murder, the predictable consequence of the city’s ‘soft on crime’ stance. And just several weeks ago in California’s Bay Area, after a raid captured 11 MS-13 members on charges including murder, extortion and drug trafficking, city officials seemed more concerned with reassuring illegal immigrants that the raid was unrelated to immigration than with warning other MS-13 members that they were next.”
Mayor De Blasio and NYPD Commissioner O’Neil both hit back at Sessions last Friday, saying, “It is unacceptable, it is outrageous and it is absurd.”
No, Mr. De Blasio. What is absurd is putting your citizens at risk by allowing dangerous criminals into your city. What is outrageous is putting the needs of illegal immigrants in your community before tax paying citizens. What we cannot have anymore is activist mayors like you putting the American people in harm’s way over politics.
Sanctuary cities have been given an ultimatum early on from Sessions and the Trump administration. This legal battle is one that will be waged in the days to come. And Trump, Sessions, and the federal government have the law on their side.
by Robert Carbery