During the presidential election, while Hillary Clinton compared U.S. police officers in black or immigrant neighborhoods to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), her opponent Donald Trump rolled into the White House after being recognized as the candidate most likely to end sanctuary cities. While Democrats and their news media lapdogs denigrated Trump calling him a bigot, a racist, a xenophobe, and other hateful pejoratives, it was he whom voters chose to sit in the Oval Office.
However, the American people — although not as boisterous as Trump-haters — are learning that in spite of stiff resistance from the political left, a reduction in the number of sanctuaries for illegal aliens is occurring. Trump is once again fulfilling a campaign promise despite the pounding he receives each and every day he serves as President of the United States.
The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) estimates that in 2018 only 49 percent of Americans currently live in sanctuary jurisdictions, which is remarkable given that the actual number of sanctuaries has grown.
In the last year, states such as Texas and Iowa have enacted laws against sanctuary cities and the noncompliance with federal immigration law exercised by local politicians.
This shift in sanctuary policies is revealing a culture change, namely that areas that oppose the Trump administration’s push against sanctuary cities are changing their laws to block cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities.
As President Trump’s Executive Order on the matter goes before the Supreme Court, a favorable ruling means that the federal government will withhold funds against jurisdictions that disregard the law, which will likely decrease the sanctuary city population even further, as localities that cannot replace federal funds comply.
” Sanctuary jurisdictions across the United States willfully violate Federal law in an attempt to shield aliens from removal from the United States. These jurisdictions have caused immeasurable harm to the American people and to the very fabric of our Republic,” wrote President Trump in his Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States.
“Tens of thousands of removable aliens have been released into communities across the country, solely because their home countries refuse to accept their repatriation. Many of these aliens are criminals who have served time in our Federal, State, and local jails. The presence of such individuals in the United States, and the practices of foreign nations that refuse the repatriation of their nationals, are contrary to the national interest,” the President stated in his executive order.