President Donald Trump has made his stance on sanctuary cities extremely clear, and even signed an executive order not long after taking office that intends to strip the funding of such cities that don’t change and comply with federal immigration laws. Miami-Dade county was the first to terminate its sanctuary status in response, but the mayors of the biggest sanctuary cities all held their ground in defiance.
In total, sanctuary cities receive $27 billion in federal funding every year – enough to fund Trump’s proposed border wall if it was all cut.
Yet surprisingly, there are now more sanctuary cities than when Trump took office.
According to Breitbart: A new report shows sanctuary jurisdictions growing at an alarming rate. The Ohio Jobs and Justice Political Action Committee (OJJ) totaled nearly 500 sanctuary cities. The group has been tracking sanctuary cities for more than 10 years.
The report claims sanctuary cities grew to nearly 500 with the addition of 36 new locales in 2017, The Washington Times reported. Previous reports by other organizations have listed sanctuary jurisdictions at around 300.
“More will be coming,” Steve Salvi, founder of OJJ told the Washington Times. “A lot of communities now, there’s resolutions in the works and citizens groups encouraging city councils to pass them.”
Despite the risk of losing federal law enforcement grants, Salvi said local governments are under increasing pressure to adopt sanctuary city status. Breitbart Texas has reported extensively on sanctuary jurisdictions and actions by state and local governments across the country.
Some States are already taking the initiate to strip funding from sanctuary cities before there are attempts at the federal level to. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has cut State funding to the city of Austin, and a bill passed Texas’ Senate (and is currently being debated in the State House) that would punish all sanctuary cities or counties in the state.
For those still perusing sanctuary status after all this – good. Less money for them means more for the rest of us (the eighty percent who oppose sanctuary cities).
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]