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Sanctuary Cities are Still Mooching Off the Federal Government

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A vast majority of the cities and townships that applied for federal law enforcement grants have received them, despite attempts from the Trump administration to withhold funding from sanctuary cities.

President Donald Trump issued an executive order in January 2017 to block federal funding from jurisdictions that harbor illegal immigrants and refuse to work with federal immigration authorities. The Department of Justice took the fight a step further in November 2017 when it targeted 29 specific cities, metro areas, counties and states, accusing them of violating federal law with their “sanctuary policies.”.

Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent a letter to these 29 jurisdictions, warning that they must follow federal law or else risk having federal funds cut off from them.

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Despite these warnings, all but one of the jurisdictions have either received or are now eligible to receive funds in the 16 months that have passed since the letters were first issued. The Justice Department revealed this development to the Associated Press.  These 29 localities include cities ranging from Burlington, Vermont to Los, Angeles, California. The state of Oregon has been the sole exception, given that it has yet to be cleared to receive federal grants from 2017.

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The Trump Administration’s failure to cut off federal law enforcement funding to sanctuary cities is due to several losses it has faced in the courtroom.

Two California counties were successful in filing a lawsuit in a district court against the Trump Administration’s threats to deny federal funds to sanctuary cities. The 9th Circuit Court of appeals ended up upholding the court’s opinion in August 2018.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors joined the fray when it filed a lawsuit against the measure in 2018, and a federal court in September 2018 temporarily blocked the Department of Justice from withholding funds from cities that were represented by the Conference of Mayors.

The Justice Department is still considering whether it will appeal some of the court decisions.

In January 2018, Sessions called out sanctuary cities for their obstruction:

“I continue to urge all jurisdictions under review to reconsider policies that place the safety of their communities and their residents at risk.”

Sessions added:

“Protecting criminal aliens from federal immigration authorities defies common sense and undermines the rule of law.”

The dangers of sanctuary cities were recently on display in February when a California sheriff’s deputy was shot by an illegal immigrant wanted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement while conducting a traffic stop. This immigrant was able to stay in the U.S. because local authorities refused to cooperate with federal authorities.

Footage of this incident went viral and has served as a wake-up call for immigration reform advocates nationwide.

Sanctuary cities and similar arrangements that allow illegal immigrants and other immigrants who refuse to assimilate to congregate en masse will inevitably lead to the creation of  No Go Zones as seen in Europe, and become crime hubs.

The effects are real and will affect every day Americans.

Sadly, the political class has dragged its feet on the issue and works to roadblock President Trump’s sensible immigration reforms.

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U.S. Law Enforcement Bust 27 People Connected to Mexican Sinaloa Cartel

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Over two dozen people were arrested on drug charges in connection to a Mexican cartel smuggling cocaine into the U.S. Following a two-year investigation, 27 people were arrested through Operation Tripwire, an investigation effort U.S. officials have been working on featuring members of the Sinaloa Cartel.

The trafficking network went from Los Angeles, California to Tucson, Arizona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where cocaine originating from Mexico was smuggled stateside. The United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott Brady declared “this is a large organization that was trafficking hundreds of kilograms of cocaine throughout the country and has direct ties to the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico.”

U.S. authorities recounted that the investigations started after an agent in Pittsburgh was able to identify an address that received large quantities of suspicious-looking packages coming from California. Since then, agents started to do investigation on other members of the network across the U.S.

Across the span of seven months, authorities were able to intercept U.S. calls made by some of the alleged traffickers with Sinaloa carte leaders in Mexico. On September 9, 2020, 27 were arrested in Arizona, California, and Pennsylvania.

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According to American authorities, $1.3 million in cash and over 140 kilograms of cocaine were seized. The aforementioned people arrested are now facing a prison sentence of between 10 years and life in prison.

The border situation is no joke. Prior administrations have largely neglected the issue and have allowed for unprecedented levels of illegal immigration and drug trafficking to cross the U.S. border.

In a prior instance, BLP reported on how Mexico is a failed state that cannot maintain public order and is largely being pushed around by cartels. Due to its proximity to the U.S., Mexico’s problems will likely spillover stateside.

This is why border security is crucial. Thankfully, the U.S. has a president in Donald Trump that gets the memo. He’ll still need help from Congress, however,

That’s why it’s crucial that America First Republicans have strong showings at all branches of government in 2020.

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