Democratic pollster Mark Penn said on Thursday that a vast majority of Americans don’t really support so-called sanctuary cities that shield illegal aliens from deportation.
Penn, who served as chief strategist for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, revealed that 84 percent of Americans favor turning illegal aliens over to federal agents.
“I asked them, ‘Do you think notifying ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] would in fact increase crime because it would inhibit people from reporting crimes or does it decrease crimes because it takes criminals off the street,’ and they overwhelming said ‘decrease,’ ” Penn told Hill.TV “Rising.”
Penn said the response was strikingly “out of sync” with what the public might think about sanctuary cities. The broad term refers to cities that don’t fully cooperate with federal authorities when it comes to turning over people in the country illegally to immigration enforcement, reports The Hill.
“When someone’s arrested, they expect someone will notify federal immigration authorities just as they would expect someone who violates state tax law will find out that they notified the IRS,” the pollster said.
President Trump has made sanctuary cities a frequent target during his administration, arguing that they make the U.S. less safe. In January, Trump signed an executive order in an effort to withhold money from sanctuary cities, though some of that money did still go to those cities.
Some cities protested Trump’s crackdown. Mayors, including New York’s Bill de Blasio and then-New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, boycotted a meeting with Trump following his executive order. De Blasio called the order a “racist assault” on sanctuary cities.
But it looks like Trump has achieved a victory — at least for now.
As well, the Trump administration achieved another victory when a Federal judge allowed the passing out of federal grant money to every city, except sanctuary cities.
The Justice Department said it has begun distributing hundreds of millions of dollars in grant money that had been tied up in a major court battle over sanctuary cities.
Byrne Justice Assistance Grants are used by localities and police departments across the nation to pay for equipment, training, personnel or other pressing needs.
The Trump administration last year said it would condition the money on localities’ willingness to cooperate in holding illegal aliens for pickup by federal deportation officers. Chicago sued, saying the conditions weren’t part of federal law.
Also, the House overwhelmingly opposed the latest Republican immigration bill on Wednesday, leaving Congress no closer to solving a thorny issue that has bewildered lawmakers for years.
The measure, which came about after weeks of negotiations among Republicans, easily failed in a 301 to 121 vote.
A legislative solution for the Trump administration’s separation of migrant children from parents and a path to citizenship for illegal aliens brought to the U.S. as children will continue to elude Congress for the time being.
Americans were angered when a study showed that $18 billion per year is coming out of their pockets to give illegal aliens health care at no cost to the sponging 3rd world mooches.
Democrats were furious when President Trump exposed their child trafficking ring collaborated with vicious Mexican cartels.
Trump says that Democrats are responsible for a ‘massive child smuggling industry’ in the United States that is making human traffickers a steep profit.
The president says that ‘traffickers are making a fortune’ and its all thanks to loopholes he says are the fault of Democrats that exist in the immigration system.
‘It’s a whole big con job,’ the president charged in a Cabinet meeting. ‘They’ve let it happen.’
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
June 28th, 2018