Yesterday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions reiterated Trump’s threat against sanctuary cities that refuse to turn over undocumented immigrants to Immigration and Customs Enforcement readily. Sessions said this is a violation of federal law and the cities that do so will be punished by losing federal funding, according to The Washington Post.
“I urge our nation’s states and cities to consider carefully the harm they are doing to their citizens by refusing to enforce our immigration laws, and to rethink these policies. Such policies make their cities and states less safe, and put them at risk of losing valuable federal dollars,” said Sessions.
Boston, and four other cities in Massachusetts, have stated that they do not plan on complying with ICE deportations.
After Sessions’ speech yesterday,Nicole Caravella, a spokeswoman for Mayor Marty Walsh, told Boston.com that they will be sticking to this plan. She said the city’s Trust Act prohibits Boston police from holding undocumented immigrants for federal deportation and they are not breaking any federal laws in doing so.
Walsh also denounced Sessions’ statement.
“The threat of cutting federal funding from cities across the country that aim to foster trusting relationships between their law enforcement and the immigrant community is irresponsible and destructive,” said Walsh.
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, a frequent abutter to President Trump, also criticized the threat. She stated it was both unconstitutional and bad for the state.
For now, it seems the cities are not taking these threats to heart. I will be anxiously awaiting to see if this administration follows through.