According to a new report in USA Today, President-elect Donald Trump will have plenty of authority to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities once he is sworn into office. Trump, who vowed repeatedly to strip cities of vital federal funding if they shield illegal immigrants from deportation, will not have to win any court battles to get his way.
“Donald Trump, with a little help from Congress, will have broad presidential powers to crack down on ‘sanctuary cities’ that protect undocumented immigrants from his planned roundup and deportation of millions who are in the country illegally,” USA Today reported on Wednesday.
“In what could become a major conflict between the new president and local governments, the showdown likely will result in legal challenges testing how far the White House can go in dictating its priorities,” the paper continued.
Cities like New York and states like California have already promised to challenge Trump when it comes to deportations, but USA Today advises that they may not have much of a legal leg to stand on.
“Trump will be armed with a range of powerful options, including federal lawsuits and the power to withhold hundreds of millions of dollars in grants that states and cities rely on,” they wrote.
Obviously, Trump does not want to kick off his presidential administration by punishing American citizens who have the misfortune of living in one of these liberal cesspools. The best option, therefore, is to work proactively with these mayors and city councils to find an agreement that can make everyone happy. Alas, if those city leaders are unwilling to put their own citizens ahead of illegals, he has the authority and the right – some might even say the obligation – to use the stick instead of the carrot.
If the citizens in these cities really listen to what Trump is saying, they’ll understand he does not want to send jackbooted officers into their communities to start tearing illegal immigrant families apart. He wants to deport dangerous criminals – a task made difficult by local authorities who will not cooperate. These sanctuary cities are intentionally harboring these criminals, and they should be forced into compliance by any legal means necessary.
And the residents of those cities should make their Democratic leaders pay a political price if they let federal funding slip away rather than denounce their sanctuary status.