An Independent's Take on Trumps Executive Order on Sanctuary Cities

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This is an independents take on the Executive Order President Trump issued regarding Sanctuary Cities.

Submitted: January 26, 2017

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Submitted: January 26, 2017



One of the latest flaps to emerge from a volley of executive orders emerging from the White House is around the issue of Sanctuary Cities. President Trump passed an executive order on Wednesday, January 25 that cuts funding to cities that do not cooperate with federal immigration law.

The executive order prioritizes undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes. In particular, those who:

(a)  Have been convicted of any criminal offense;

(b)  Have been charged with any criminal offense, where such charge has not been resolved;

(c)  Have committed acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense;

(d)  Have engaged in fraud or willful misrepresentation in connection with any official matter or application before a governmental agency;

(e)  Have abused any program related to receipt of public benefits;

(f)  Are subject to a final order of removal, but who have not complied with their legal obligation to depart the United States; or

(g)  In the judgment of an immigration officer, otherwise pose a risk to public safety or national security.

Cities that do not comply with this executive order will not receive grants from executive agencies such as Justice and Homeland Security Departments. The loss of aid to sanctuary cities could be considerable. New York City estimates it could lose $150-$160 million in grants, and other cities like Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles could also lose millions.

My Take

President Trump was elected specifically to tighten immigration law. He did not hide what he planned to do and he is fulfilling that pledge. The Executive Order does not act against all undocumented immigrants, just those who have committed a crime or pose a risk to safety. I think mayors of sanctuary cities who try and resist this order are making a tremendous political mistake. Moderates and independents watch mayors getting more emotional and fired up about protecting undocumented immigrants than they do about protecting citizens and  those lawfully in the country. This is one of the reasons that the Democrats are now a minority party.

There is nothing wrong with showing charity to people in need and the United States should be compassionate. But it doesn’t mean that all undocumented immigrants have a special right to break the law and stay in this country. And that certainly doesn’t extend to those who have committed crimes.

>Bottom line: Most independents and moderates will side with President Trump on this. I recommend the Democrats and ultra-liberals back off and work with President Trump to craft a humane, yet rational policy.

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