President Trump signed an executive order today (January 25) aimed at “sanctuary cities”, such as New York, that do not arrest immigrants living in the United States illegally. Trump has also signed an executive action earlier in the week ordering the construction of the wall surrounding the Mexican border, solidifying his stance on immigration early on in his Presidency.
While it is unclear how effective the executive order will be alone, paired with other pieces of legislature it can have serious fiscal consequences for cities that do not comply. The order reads as follows:
“The Attorney General shall take appropriate enforcement action against any entity that violates 8 U.S.C. 1373, or which has in effect a statute, policy, or practice that prevents or hinders the enforcement of Federal law.”
NYC officials are still determining the fiscal effect the order could have, though it has been estimated that $165 million could be at risk. A total of $156 million worth of security grants in urban areas aimed at preventing terror attacks, in addition to $9 million worth of grants from the Department of Justice could be eliminated. What are your thoughts on this?