By Jeff Dunetz and Andrew West
Buried within President Trump’s budget proposal released Thursday contains another item designed to keep a campaign promise, cutting back funds granted to sanctuary cities.
During his first week in office the President Issued an executive order that punished sanctuary cities by “Refusing federal funds to those jurisdictions that do not comply with Federal [immigration] law, except as mandated by law”
The order defined sanctuary jurisdictions “as jurisdictions that “willfully refuse to comply with 8 U.S.C. 1373,” which prohibits Federal, State, and local officials from refusing to provide information on citizenship or immigration status requested by immigration authorities.”
The order was met by protests from sanctuary those law breaking State, and local officials, as well as liberal media who claimed the order was unconstitutional. But the President is not backing down and his new budget includes provisions designed to enforce is executive order.
As the President’s order explains:
Many aliens who illegally enter the United States and those who overstay or otherwise violate the terms of their visas present a significant threat to national security and public safety. This is particularly so for aliens who engage in criminal conduct in the United States.
Sanctuary jurisdictions across the United States willfully violate Federal law in an attempt to shield aliens from removal from the United States. These jurisdictions have caused immeasurable harm to the American people and to the very fabric of our Republic.
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