Trump Threatens to Withhold Bailout Funds from States with Sanctuary Cities
President Donald Trump recently warned Democrats that he will be calling for “adjustments” for sanctuary cities as a prerequisite for bailing out states.
The president hinted that he might withhold funding from states that maintain “radical left” sanctuary cities in the next round of emergency Wuhan virus relief.
Democrats are demanding that the federal government drop at least $500 billion into state governments which have faced significant shortfalls since the Wuhan virus lockdowns.
That said, Trump commented that he doesn’t want to give handouts to Democrat-run states “to recover 25 years of bad management.” “If it’s COVID-related, I guess we can talk about it,” President Trump said to reporters at the White House.
“But we want certain things also, including sanctuary city adjustments. We have so many people in sanctuary cities, which I don’t even think are popular, even by radical left folks.”
“People are being protected that shouldn’t be protected, and a lot of bad things are happening with sanctuary cities,” Trump continued.
Trump expressed favorability towards the concept of payroll tax cuts and then pivoted the discussion to the possibility of bailing out state governments. “The problem with the states is we’re not looking to recover 25 years of bad management and give them the money they lost. That’s unfair to other states,” Trump stated.
The president then indicated that for state governments to be eligible for more bailout aid, they would have to get tough on cities within their jurisdictions that refuse to work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).“If we are going to do something for states, I think they probably want something having to do with sanctuary cities and other different points that we can discuss a little bit later on,” he stated.
President Trump said he may need sanctuary cities to make “adjustments” before they receive any funding.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled back in February that the Trump administration is legally allowed to withhold millions of dollars in federal law enforcement grants from states and local governments that do not work with ICE. This ruling represented a solid victory for Trump in his fight against sanctuary jurisdictions.
These polices are solid steps in containing mass migration.
However, the Trump administration must have more comprehensive policies to handle this matter.
Which is why Trump must not only win re-election in 2020 but also have a solid America First contingent in both the House and Senate to see his vison through.
The very social fabric of the American nation state is at stake, and Trump will have to deliver on his promises to keep America in the 21st century on stable footing.