Can the Trump Administration Sanction Sanctuary Cities?

Can the Trump Administration Sanction Sanctuary Cities?

Feature Posts, Immigration, Legal

Some cities and counties in the United States refuse to cooperate with Federal immigration authorities.  This lack of cooperation takes several forms, including prohibiting the local authorities from inquiring about an individual’s immigration status, refusing to notify Federal immigration enforcement personnel of wanted illegals or refusing to detain illegal immigrants, at the request of Federal authorities, who are arrested for local criminal violations beyond their release date.  The cities and counties employing these tactics are collectively referred to as “sanctuary cities.”

President Donald J. Trump made “de-funding” sanctuary cities a cornerstone of his Presidential campaign.  The incidence of illegal immigrant criminal activity, coupled with high profile illegal immigrant murders, rapes and robberies too numerous to recount here, propelled the popularity of his proposal to stop sending Federal funds to these jurisdictions.  Yet, the term “sanctuary city” is not defined in Federal law.  The meaning ascribed to the moniker in popular culture simply refers to a city or jurisdiction which harbors illegal immigrants in defiance of the law.  For purposes of the Trump Administration’s policy to withhold Federal funds, however, the term “sanctuary jurisdiction” has the very specific meaning set forth in President Trump’s Executive Order on the issue. Continue reading “Can the Trump Administration Sanction Sanctuary Cities?”