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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Some cities caving to POTUS' funding threats

President Trump's call to pull federal funding from cities that shield illegal immigrants from federal authorities is finally making an impact on local government leaders of these "sanctuary" towns counties and cities around the country. The are caving in and agreeing to follow the law of the land.

In Dayton, Ohio, Police Chief Richard Biehl said that federal authorities will no longer be impeded by the city when going after illegal immigrants who are being held by his department for misdemeanors or felony property crimes. Dayton has dropped their illegal policy restricting cooperation with immigration officials and are reluctantly allowing the Trump administration to follow the Constitution.

But Dayton isn't the only city deciding they need the money more than the 'feel good' tingle they get from thinking they're being goody-goodies. Miami-Dade, Saratoga, NY, Finney County, Kansas, and Bedford, PA are following suit, according to The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS).

"We are reviewing policy changes at a multitude of other jurisdictions as well," explained Marguerite Telford, CIS's communication director. She said that CIS is "being inundated" by officials on its sanctuary map who want to be removed from their list.

The mayor of Miami-Dade County, Carlos Gimenez, has been in office since 2011 and in local politics since 2004.

He is a Cuban-American whose family moved to the U.S. in 1960 during the Castro Revolution. He was naturalized in 1975 and has served as a Republican but obviously has a "soft-spot" for immigrants, even though his coming to the U.S. was done legally.

Miami-Dade County had been considered a sanctuary community but it made headlines when Gimenez changed a policy that refused to hold arrested immigrants of immigration officials unless they committed to reimbursing the county for the cost of detention.

But the county stood to lose hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding  so he ordered jails to comply with federal immigration detention requests. After all, didn't some of the federal money pay for the extra time the criminal immigrants spent in the slammer?

President Trump's executive order gives the DOJ and DHS the power to cut federal funding to communities deemed to be sanctuaries for illegal immigrants. Mr. Trump also authorized the DHS to publish a weekly list of sanctuary communities.

Ms. Telford said: "Are you really going to pick and choose what laws you're going to enforce? If you want a change [in immigration policy], go to the legislature."

What a novel idea for liberals.

In spite of some communities giving in to the president's executive order are rethinking sanctuary policies, others, especially large major cities, have vowed to defy the law.

And those who defy the law should be prosecuted.

New York City's certifiable "Idiot" Mayor Bill de Blasio said "We're going to defend all of our people regardless of where they come from, regardless of their immigration status" [as long as they vote Democratic]. 

De Blasio was also a staunch defender of the Sandinista National Liberation Front which should give you an idea of just how much of a socialist and idiot he really is. Beside that he is a strong opponent to New York's stop-and-frisk laws which drastically helped to reduce crime in the city.

Chicago's incompetent Mayor Rahm Emanuel also said that he will do whatever he can to protect illegal immigrants from the feds, even those scum who have convicted crimes or are suspects in crime. 

Emanuel is certainly doing nothing to protect the citizens of his city who are being killed at war-zone pace.

And it's all political ploys--they apparently care to provide sanctuary to the illegal immigrants but not for their legal citizens. Where's their sanctuary? Ask Kate Steinle's family.

While it's understandable that illegal immigrants would be fearful of reporting crimes for fear of being deported, that could be solved, perhaps by developing an anonymous reporting system.

But again, it seems that any government official who knowingly refuses to uphold the law under the Constitution should be prosecuted or at least terminated from their position for refusal to do their job.