Trump Admin. to Withhold Funding From Sanctuary Cities as ICE Increases Surveillance

Nick Kangadis | March 6, 2020

It looks as though the Trump administration isn’t messing around with sanctuary cities anymore, and the president didn’t mince words on Thursday concerning cities that aid illegal aliens in avoiding authorities.

President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday morning that the federal government will be going ahead on the plan to withhold funding from sanctuary cities.

View the president’s tweet below:

The federal court ruling that Trump referenced in his tweet recalls the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals decision that “the Department of Justice (DOJ) could withhold funding from cities and states that refuse to cooperate with the Trump administration's crackdown on undocumented immigrants,” according to The Hill.

This decision to withhold funding from sanctuary cities looks like part of a larger plan to seriously crack down on said cities protecting illegal aliens from apprehension and possible deportation.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has recently increased its surveillance in sanctuary cities, reportedly “redeploying” 500 agents in 10 sanctuary cities. Those cities include, New York, Chicago and San Francisco, according to the Wall Street Journal.

“We’ve asked for resources in some areas because there’s a significant backlog of criminal aliens that we’re not able to address,” Henry Lucero, head of ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations department, said. “If we had local cooperation in those areas, we wouldn’t need resources there. We would just be assuming custody of those aliens when they’re released from jail or prison.”

These moves by the Trump administration come as a recent report from the Office of Inspector General said that “sanctuary laws” have been putting law enforcement in greater danger by making it harder to arrest illegal aliens.

Wouldn’t it be ironic if the federal funds withheld from sanctuary cities went to the resources that Lucero says ICE needs to apprehend the illegal aliens these cities protect that caused the government to withhold funds in the first place?

We’ll see how these moves work in the coming weeks.

H/T: Fox 32 - Chicago