During the past couple of weeks we've heard from a score of big city mayors and police chiefs that they won't turn over their coddled illegal immigrants to ICE...that they'll continue harboring illegal aliens and continue to be sanctuary cities, flaunting our immigration laws. And so far Donald Trump has been silent on this mutiny. And he's already back-pedaling on his pledge to deport the millions of illegal lawbreakers (and anyone who crossed our border illegally is a lawbreaker), focusing on "criminal felons" as his first order of business. I don't know if that's simply diplomacy or principle.
But the first sign I'm going to look for when Trump and his Republican controlled Congress take control is whether or not they legislate to withhold federal funding to those sanctuary cities. The withholding of billions of dollars in federal funds is really the only way that Trump can hope to get all those liberal mayors and governors to pay attention.....like Como in New York who once said anyone who doesn't love illegals need to get out of New York. Or the LAPD Chief who said he'll continue to protect his 11 million illegals in Mexifornia South. Or San Francisco where they turn out illegals on the streets as often as sourdough loafs in Ghirardelli Square.
We'll have to see. I was encouraged that Trump appointed Senator Sessions as Attorney General. Sessions is hardliner on illegal immigration. If it were up to him I'm sure he'll crack down on the municipal miscreants...but Trump's got to throw politics aside and let Sessions wield the hammer.
And, if Sheriff Joe were not so damned old (84 as of June) I'd love to see old Joe head up ICE, form up the buses, and send them heading south come spring.
However, Trump's initial foray into the illegal immigrant issue, post election, seems to be a continuation of the coddling. Will Trump be better than Obama with the issue? Hell, yeah...most anybody would. Anything short of throwing the welcome mat out down at the border is an improvement.
But, to my mind, the first order of business when Trump and Congress begin writing immigration legislation, ought to be the inclusion of a big hammer, nailing those sanctuary cities where it hurts the most..the pocketbook.
We can only hope.