Donald Trump and the mayors of cities like Chicago, San Francisco, and Austin, Texas are in the news getting ready to do battle over this whole “sanctuary city” label. Trump wants illegal aliens to not have a “sanctuary” in this country, and the liberal mayors disagree. So Trump has decided that he’s going to pull out federal funding for those cities that don’t fall in line. It’s pretty much the same old dodge the federal government uses anytime it doesn’t get what it wants.
The problem is, it’s not going to work this time.
The mayors have too much face to lose if they cave, and the money that we’re talking about here isn’t that great. Donald Trump needs to do what he normally does if he really is serious about getting the illegal alien criminals out of the country…think big.
There is a way to do it that would work, and it’s so easy, I can’t believe that anyone in the Trump administration hasn’t thought of it, with his cabinet having “the highest IQ ever assembled as a cabinet”. Instead of taking a few million dollars from Chicago or San Francisco that they can easily re-budget around, call up the governors of Illinois and California and say that you’re outlawing sanctuary cities, and any city in their state that doesn’t go along with it will put the state at risk of losing all of IT’S federal money. And not just some relief money, but ALL federal monies. No highway tax dollars, no education dollars, no block grant money, nothing. You put the decision in the state house and the governor’s mansion, not in some city hall somewhere. Let the governor’s make the cities the bad guys that are costing the state money.
If you do that, you are solving several problems in one shot. You do away with all of the liberal sanctuary cities in the state, instead of targeting each one…and you do it with fewer phone calls/orders/etc. And you dangle a MUCH bigger carrot in front of the state than you ever would the city. It’s easy to tell Chicago that you’re going to take millions from it. It’s a much bigger pill to swallow to tell Springfield (the Illinois capital) that you’re going to take billions!
There is where Donald Trump is making his mistake. He’s fighting a little fish when he takes on someone like Rahm Emanuel or Ed Lee (mayor of San Francisco). What he needs to do is tackle the big fish and let them go after the little minnows.
It is going to be a fight regardless who you tackle because liberals want votes (that’s all they see the illegals as), and the conservatives, while enjoying the lower waged workers (yes…that’s taking advantage of them!), want to toughen up our admission standards for citizenship, or at the very least, enforce them. But on this one, Trump is on the right track. Cities cannot pick and choose which federal laws they are going to follow any more than you or I can. You follow it or you pay the consequences. THAT is the way it works!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!