Donald Trump, Immigration, Issues

How Donald Trump Can Put an End to Sanctuary Cities

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Just a few weeks ago, President-elect Donald Trump said, “Cities that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities will not receive taxpayer dollars.”

And I absolutely agree. Since 2007, I’ve been fighting to end the dangerous existence of sanctuary cities by introducing legislation every Congress.

During the Obama administration’s tenure, over 300 cities—including my hometown of New Orleans—have provided safe haven for illegal immigrants, and at least 170,000 convicted criminal illegal immigrants who have been ordered to be deported remain at-large.

But now, I’m extremely optimistic the U.S. will soon make real efforts to end sanctuary cities under the leadership of Trump.

Sanctuary cities are dangerous and counterproductive to both law enforcement efforts and reducing illegal immigration.

Ending these policies is not so much about imposing new and burdensome immigration laws, as about simple enforcement of our current laws and ensuring local law enforcement jurisdictions work collaboratively with federal immigration authorities when they come across criminal illegal immigrants.

After the tragic murder of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco in April 2015, there has been growing momentum to end dangerous sanctuary city policies. She is far from being the only victim of a crime committed by a criminal illegal immigrant.

In LaPlace, Louisiana, this past August, three people were killed and dozens of others were injured when Denis Yasmir Amaya Rodriguez, an illegal immigrant, crashed a bus full of volunteers on their way to assist folks impacted by our recent 1,000-year flooding event. And this accident could have absolutely been prevented.

My hometown of New Orleans has been operating as a sanctuary city for several months now, having implemented regulations in February that bar New Orleans police officers from inquiring about individuals’ immigration status and then sharing that information with federal authorities.

It wasn’t until late September—due to much pressure from myself and others—that local officials made a small step toward complying with my request to reverse the city’s policy, but even now the city of New Orleans is not in complete compliance with federal law.

This policy is in direct conflict with federal law and is simply unacceptable. Worse still, these cities are actively releasing criminal illegal immigrants back into our communities instead of working with federal officials to deport them or lock them up.

I’ve offered several pieces of legislation that tackle this problem head on. My bill with the most traction is the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act.

Until we end all dangerous and illegal sanctuary city policies—which I am confident will happen sooner than later—the obvious first step is to enact tangible penalties for those cities refusing to comply with federal immigration laws, like limiting the flow of billions of federal taxpayer dollars.

There is absolutely no justifiable reason to reward these jurisdictions with federal funding when they are in clear violation of the law and are actually making our communities more dangerous rather than safer. Falling short of enforcing our laws designed to protect innocent American civilian lives is an absolute nonstarter.

Stopping these illegal policies and assuring safety for every American has to be an absolute top priority for the new Congress and president. America spoke clearly in November that the days of turning a blind eye to criminal illegal immigrants and similar misguided policies is over.

I am very eager to see Trump putting an end to dangerous sanctuary cities as soon as possible in the new year.

Commentary by Sen. David Vitter, the Daily Signal

  • Liberty

    If mayors, without penalty, are able to pick and choose which laws the city should obey and which it should ignore, the same holds true to the common citizen. Next time you’re in front of a judge tell him you just don’t want to obey the traffic sign and are asking for sanctuary in his courtroom.

    • Robert

      The Federal Government can not dictate state laws, so they can not force State or Cities to cooperate, and withholding money for that reason would be Unconstitutional.
      When you are in a court room you are most likely in a State Court room and it is their laws not federal laws.
      Are you willing to pay the cost of deportation, I mean the total cost of the wrecked economy.

      • Liberty

        Sarcasm is lost on Robert, evidently. No, the cost of deportation will be paid by those illegal aliens who do not have criminal histories. The fines alone will pay for the program. Also, bounties will also be funded by the illegals who prefer to get in line rather than be returned to their beloved native lands.

        • Robert

          How are you going to collect fines from people you are going to deport. Congress will never authorize the deportation of any thing but illegals who have committed felony in this country.
          Then who is going to fill the jobs that American’s would not do in the first place, or there would never have been jobs here for them.
          Your trip to never never land must have been extended come back down to earth.
          An education would be of some help in reading the right information..
          HAVE A GOOD DAY

          • Liberty

            The Dearly Deported will not pay fines! Only those who pass the stench test will be allowed to pay a fine, get in line, and present evidence of their worthiness. What we may see is the incorporation of a cashless society (being mulled, don’t kid yourself) so that more underground tax dollars currently evading the coffers will be grabbed. When that happens, the lawbreakers will depart and deport on their own. Prior to that, wired monies may see surcharges so that American dollars aren’t sucked out of the Country without tally. It’s not day here anymore (it not being Alaska) but thanks for the good wishes.

          • Robert

            You have no idea how much this country depends on the illegals, and how many would protest if they even tried to deport anything but the convicted felons. then we will stop all business if money transfers are taxed according to the last time I researched it there are over a billion money transfers from country to country every 5 working days, I know when i had my business we had 15 or 20 money transfers from country to country daily on some weeks. Do you live in a cave where you read nothing but the Conservative Republican webb sites, you should get out and read unbiased material more often.
            Under current laws it would take Trump a little over 7 years to get the illegals out of the country, which he already said he is not going to do just try and get the convicted felons deported if Congress allots the money just a little over $20 Billion
            HAVE A NICE DAY

          • george searing

            we don’t need them or want them get it libitard!

          • Robert

            george searing
            Your problem is you do not know anything about business.When any group of person adds $345 Billion to the economy, we do need them and this year it is projected to be over$500 billion added to the do you think you have much say about the big businesses who want he illegals here. It is proven on factory work the illegals put out 35% more product than the American worker in the same time with less rejects.
            The other thing is I am not a Democrat and have never been a Democrat since I was 21 years old and I am 80 years old now and ran a very successful business for many years.
            In a business you hire the people who will work,because labor is the first or second highest expense in a company that puts out product. If the Americans worked as well or in the same jobs then there would be no jobs for the illegals.
            I am a person with their head screwed on the right way and I do look at all the picture not just the part I like best.
            HAVE A GOOD DAY

    • DonOldGuy

      There was a time around 1861-1865 where this was settled. I don’t want another time like that, but we must have a nation of laws. I’m a firm believer in States’ Rights. If it is not specific in the Constitution as belonging to the Federal Government, it belongs to the States. Voting Laws, Educational Standards, Banking practices all fall under those conflicts. Federal Law concerning citizenship, printing money, voting eligibility and being subject to the draft all belong to the Fed. Protecting the citizens of all states is a primary responsibility of the Fed. If we allow “sanctuary” cities today, it is a short hop to “Sharia districts” within those cities. No thank you.

  • disqus_BAvz0LV7zw

    Indeed Congress could pass legislature on Sanctuary cities to comply or cooperate with President Trump. Example: Chicago, San Francisco, those various cities in California populated mostly by Mexicans and Latinos or Muslims.

    These are very dangerous cities. I think all US states are keeping sanctuary cities under President Obama, This must stop. The American people become the victims of their crimes, while they are being feed freely by the people they kill. This does not make sense.
    Illegal alien criminals become more powerful than the American citizens who feed them.
    This is the government run by DEMOCRATS!!

    Now, good riddance to law breakers!

    • Robert

      Congress can pass no such law as to ell a city or state how to run their area, it is against the Constitution. There are no laws that say anyone has to work with Federal authorities in any State or City.
      Who is going to pay to deport these illegals they are entitled to their day in court and ll the appeals that go with it.
      Now are you ready to pay for the deportation.

      • disqus_BAvz0LV7zw

        Robert, if you belong to the Sanctuary city bad luck for you. Congress can amend provisions in the Constitution. That is why they are called law makers. There are a number of Amendments in the Constitution already.
        Thirty-three amendments to the United States Constitution have been proposed by the United States Congress and sent to the states for ratification since the Constitution was put into operation on March 4, 1789..

        Clean the SWAMP. Clean the Sanctuary cities loaded with criminals.
        Clean the bloated Federal Government loaded with dumb employees of political appointees of the democrat party!

        • Robert


          Do you have the slightest idea how long it takes to Amend the Constitution, the last amendment took 7 years.
          When you say clean the swamp, what you really men is get rid of the one’s who do not think like you.
          We have the Smallest Government of any industrialized country
          It might surprise you how many Conservative republican think differently than you.
          Last poll 42% of Registered republicans supported the Sanctuary cities.
          HAVE A GOOD DAY

          • disqus_BAvz0LV7zw

            You are lying Robert. Typical democrat living at the Sanctuary cities. Here are the facts.
            The Hill:
            Sixty-two percent of likely voters back the DOJ penalizing cities that do not cooperate with federal authorities on immigration laws, according to the conservative-leaning Rasmussen Reports.

            The firm found 26 percent of likely voters oppose such legal action. Another 12 percent are undecided on the matter.

            Friday’s survey found 79 percent of Republicans and 65 percent of unaffiliated voters support DOJ action against sanctuary cities. Democrats were less enthusiastic, with 43 percent in support.

            The new survey also found strong support for the federal government cutting off funding for sanctuary cities. Rasmussen found 58 percent of likely voters would support cutting funds, with 38 percent opposing and 10 percent undecided.

            Republicans were once again overwhelmingly supportive, backing funding cuts with 79 percent support. Unaffiliated voters, meanwhile, register at 61 percent, while Democrats are at 46 percent.

            Sanctuary cities are receiving new scrutiny following a fatal shooting of a woman in San Francisco last week; the suspect is an illegal immigrant.

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          • Robert

            JUust 5the place to gett eh information you want but not the right information
            Why do you not try a unbiased Poll system, your Republican in Congress use the Pew polls or Gallup polls both are use by Congress because they are unbiased
            Your source is like the fox guarding the hen house, by your own word your source is leaning meaning biased.
            HAVE A GOOD DAY

  • wellilltellya

    how bout wipe out ISIS and send these “refugees” BACK TO WHERE THEY COME FROM? the question I have for our DO NOTHING CONGRESS, how many immigrants does it take it make it an INVASION NOT IMMIGRATION?? I for one say ENOUGH OF THESE TERRORISTS in guise as refugees? if EVERYONE call their senator, congressmen, house of representatives. WAKE THEM UP to what is going on in AMERICA! remind them they TOOK AN OATH TO PROTECT the citizens of AMERICA ! not terrorists from a supposed WAR, that is JUST TO MAKE REFUGEES ?

  • WVF

    I don’t see this as a big problem to solve. First, cut off all federal monies to the city/state and second, arrest the chief executive officers of each city or state. Send in feds with guns blazing. Problem solved.

  • george searing

    stop all payments and get the national guard in every city that does not obey the law clean up America for Americans

    • John Lackey’s Teeth

      Yeah, sounds like you really respect the ole “state’s rights” to govern their own matters. More Republican hypocrisy.

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