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US 'sanctuary' cities face funding cuts if migrant-tolerant policies continue

200 US cities have in the last 35 years become havens for illegal migrants, where the local authorities will not help federal immigration enforcement officers catch or deport people. Now that may be o

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US 'sanctuary' cities face funding cuts if migrant-tolerant policies continue

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Donald Trump’s new Mexican border policy looks something like this; hire 5000 new guards, close the frontier, and suffocate the cities offering sanctuary status to illegal migrants.

Sanctuary facilities began to be made available in several churches in the 1980s for
migrants fleeing central America’s savage conflicts who failed to obtain asylum. The large town of Cambridge in Massachusetts is one of these sanctuary cities. Local officials insist it will remain so.

“We reaffirmed in November that we would remain a Sanctuary City, a safe harbor for those that choose Cambridge to be where they want to reside as they find this pathway to citizenship,” says the Democrat Mayor Denise Simmons.

The common policy shared between these 200 places? None of the municipal services will report illegals to the US Immigration service.

Eleven million people find themselves in this situation, making up a significant percentage of America’s urban population.

Sanctuary cities also refuse to jail people on the demand of the Federal Immigration service, or they release detained illegals if immigration can’t respect the extradition time-frame. And the US Constitution gives them a powerful defence.

One invoked on Wednesday by the Mayor of Seattle.

“The Fourth Amendment makes it clear that all arrests and detention must be supported by probable cause and that our local police department cannot be forced into enforcing federal immigration laws. We will not as we did in World War II allow our police to become deputies of the federal government and round up immigrants in this city,” warned Democrat Mayor Ed Murray.

New York gets 10,4 billion dollars in federal aid, but a budget paradox means the share destined for the police is the easiest to cut. And that could be what happens says the mayor, if the White House decides to punish the safe havens by stripping their aid budgets.

“This executive order could in fact undermine public safety and make our neighborhoods less safe. Firstly because this executive order could undermine the relationship between our police department and our communities which has been the foundation of our ability to drive down crime. We will not deport law-abiding New Yorkers. We will not tear families apart,” said Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio.

But that has already happened to José. He’s was sent back to Tijuana on Wednesday while his wife and children will stay on the other side of the wall. He swears he will climb it to return to them.