Sanctuary Mayors revolt against Trump Immigration reform
November 11, 2016
The Mayors of sanctuary cities New York City and Los Angeles have announced they will revolt against President Trump’s immigration reform.
- New York Mayor Bill de Blasio: “We are not going to sacrifice a half million people who live among us, who are part of our community.”
- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti spokesman Connie Llanos: “We comply with federal immigration agencies, but insist that detainer requests be handled constitutionally.”
- “It is Mayor Garcetti’s sincere hope that no president would violate those principles, the very foundation of our nation, by taking punitive action on cities that are simply protecting the well being of residents.”
- Trump early in his campaign pledged to deport all 11 million illegal immigrants.
- Obama administration has purported to use ‘detainer requests’ to target illegal immigrants.
(LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK) Officials in New York and Los Angeles on Thursday said they hoped President-elect Donald Trump would not follow through on a campaign promise to withhold federal funds from “sanctuary cities” that shield people who are in the country illegally.
President Barack Obama’s administration has used so-called detainer requests to target illegal immigrants convicted of criminal acts, especially violent ones.
New York and Los Angeles do not hold undocumented inmates in jail at the request of the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) unless the detainer request is accompanied by a judge’s order, officials said.
Trump said during a debate with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in October he would seek to deport major drug dealers. “We have some bad hombres here and we’re going to get them out,” he said.
Trump early in his campaign pledged to deport all 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States and also threatened to withhold federal funds from sanctuary cities.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference on Thursday that New York would continue to defend illegal immigrants.
“We are not going to sacrifice a half million people who live among us, who are part of our community,” de Blasio said, referring to an estimate of the number of unauthorized immigrants living in New York. “We are not going to tear families apart.”
De Blasio said Trump’s threat to withhold funds from sanctuary cities was “dangerous,” but it was too soon to tell whether the president-elect intended to follow through on all his proposals.
A spokeswoman for Trump did not return emails or a call.
In Los Angeles, a spokeswoman for Mayor Eric Garcetti also voiced hopes over how Trump would proceed on the issue.
“We comply with federal immigration agencies, but insist that detainer requests be handled constitutionally,” Connie Llanos, the spokeswoman, said in an email.
“It is Mayor Garcetti’s sincere hope that no president would violate those principles, the very foundation of our nation, by taking punitive action on cities that are simply protecting the well being of residents.”
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