Illinois Democrat Congressman Mike Quigley indicated to the Chicago Tribune that he is worried President-elect Donald Trump may follow through on his campaign promise to cut off federal funding to so-called “sanctuary cities” that ignore federal immigration law.
Quigley said something many sanctuary critics might find remarkably shallow: “The president-elect said he would cut off all federal funding to sanctuary cities — an extraordinary thing to say, particularly for someone who says the federal government should stay out of the local governing of states and cities.”
That’s hardly extraordinary. What better way for the federal government to stay out of local government than to withdraw federal money? Traditionally, if the feds spend a nickel anywhere, they want a dollar’s worth of control. With no money in the pot, the federal government can clear whatever conscience it has and let cities swim or sink on their own.
Chicago has vowed to remain a sanctuary for illegals, according to Politico.
And, in a “Q&A” piece published in the Seattle Times, the newspaper explained why the Jet City will also remain a sanctuary.
While some people insist that Trump will have little power to change things after he takes office, USA Today differed on that today. The newspaper quoted Stephen Yale-Loehr, a Cornell Law School professor and expert on immigration law, who explained, “Generally speaking, any president has wide discretion when it comes to enforcing our immigration laws because immigration touches on national sovereignty.”
In other words, sanctuary proponents shouldn’t get too cocky. On Sunday night’s “60 Minutes,” Trump told CBS’ Lesley Stahl that he plans to deport or incarcerate two or three million illegals who have run afoul of the law in this country.
A side effect of this liberal angst about Trump’s presidency are the protests going on now and perhaps continuing well into next year. Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant has publicly called for protests on Inauguration Day to oppose Trump. In response, an on-line petition has been launched to remove her from office for abuse of power.
This raises a necessary question for the mainstream press to answer: When and where did thousands of disappointed conservatives and gun owners demonstrate, vandalize buildings and cars, confront police or physically attack people in 2008 and 2012 after Barack Obama won those presidential elections?
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