Big Apple Mayor Bill de Blasio took a page from washed-up celebrity Cher by completing a 180 and vowing to block President Donald Trump’s intention to bus illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities.
De Blasio claims Trump’s plan is illegal and vowed to fight him in court.
While Trump’s move is politically savvy, it is not without risk. (Red State)
Mr. Trump regularly complains that apprehended illegal immigrants are released into society while awaiting their court dates. It’s a legitimate gripe, but shipping immigrants to sanctuary cities would only increase the odds that they don’t show up for their hearings. And it will make those cities even more of a magnet for fake asylum seekers and others who shouldn’t be in the country.
The frustration with cities that coddle illegal immigrants is understandable. Sanctuary policies make life easier for violent criminal immigrants and more dangerous for the law-abiding fellow immigrants on whom they prey most often. Yet the president seems more interested in punishing the Democratic politicians who typically run these cities, even if the results are counterproductive.
There’s also little doubt that the legality of such a move is questionable. Critics contend that the Department of Homeland Security is funded for certain actions — such as processing and detention of migrants — but that funds have not been appropriated for transporting illegals (which would be expensive) nor determining which cities would be landing spots.
It’s known that the Obama administration was releasing illegal immigrants randomly and not tracking their movements, and were reticent to provide information as to how many were let go. Trump’s plan, at the very least, will lend itself to tracking how many illegals are being released and where exactly they go, at least initially.
Moreover, if de Blasio moves to resist the administration in court, he’ll effectively admit the conditions on the U.S.-Mexican border represent a genuine crisis.