According to a study done by a liberal immigration think-tank, sanctuary cities could wind up losing millions of dollars in federal funding if President Donald Trump decides to punish them for refusing to comply with U.S. immigration law.
The report, conducted by the Center for American Progress in conjunction with the National Immigration Law Center and American Immigration Lawyers, used recent efforts by Republicans to defund sanctuary cities to determine how much money might be at stake. President Trump has not yet announced a plan to defund these cities.
From Fox News:
All told, the states hardest hit would be California, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Maryland.
California could lose as much as $239.5 million if its cities don’t comply.
According to the report, New York risks losing $191.1 million, followed by Illinois at $91.3 million. Pennsylvania and Maryland round out the top five with $65.2 million and $35 million, respectively.
Some lawmakers have pressured their legislatures to pay back the sanctuary cities in their states if Trump yanks their funding, so these figures could ultimately come from all taxpayers in those state – not just the ones who live in cities like Chicago, NYC, or San Francisco. If that whole scenario plays out, we will see if rural Californians like paying metropolitan Californians to harbor illegal immigrants. By the time these scheme is over, we could potentially see Democrats lose some solidly-blue states. The 2016 election proved that liberal cities don’t always carry the day.
In the report, the researchers speculated on a number of funding sources that could be legally targeted by the White House. Those sources include criminal justice grants, public works money, housing programs, and even a grant that reimburses local officials for detaining illegal immigrants. We’d have to guess that Trump will yank that one first, since they aren’t, you know, detaining illegal immigrants.
So we’ll see how much Democrats are willing to cost their cities and states on behalf of – not just illegal immigrants, but illegal immigrants who have been arrested for criminal activity. How long can taxpayer sympathy withstand such an egregious violation of law and community security? We know liberals have a soft heart and all, but this is going to be a true test of their much-publicized compassion. And for moderate Democrats, this may be the breaking point – the moment they realize that this party is headed in a direction they didn’t sign on for.
Or, the activist-infested courts will block Trump’s attempts to withhold funding and we’ll get another glaring lesson about how wretched things have become on all levels of the government.
Guess we’ll find out soon enough…