A tunnel under New York's Hudson River may be imperiled. In Los Angeles, millions of dollars could be at stake for port improvements. And other communities’ hopes for major transportation projects could be caught in the crossfire as President Donald Trump threatens to strip federal funding from “sanctuary cities” that defy his immigration policies.
Considering that Boston, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., have all declared themselves sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants, Trump’s reprisals could end up canceling or delaying major infrastructure projects in some of the nation’s most congested areas — even as the administration touts a $1 trillion proposal to rebuild the United States’ roads, railroads, bridges and airports.
Trump issued an executive order last month that declares a “policy” of blocking federal funds for cities, states and other jurisdictions that refuse to provide information and assistance to federal immigration authorities. That puts potentially hundreds of millions of dollars on the chopping block, and transportation advocates say the damage could extend far beyond Trump's intended targets.
“Wouldn’t punishing a city with a loss of transit funding have deleterious effects on an entire region?” asked Steve Davis, communications director for the advocacy group Transportation for America. “D.C. for example — if the District lost transportation funding, wouldn’t Prince William or other outlying counties pay part of the price too in congestion, lost productivity and economic turmoil?”
Some sanctuary city leaders have been defiant. "We won't be intimidated by threats to our federal funding," Boston Mayor Marty Walsh wrote in an op-ed after Trump's order came out, adding: "[W]e won't place money ahead of our neighbors' safety and security." Then again, he acknowledged this month, federal money "runs the city."
Complicating the debate, the administration has yet to spell out exactly which projects or communities it plans to cut off. "There are so many questions," said Robert Puentes, CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation, a D.C. think tank.
For one thing, Puentes noted, “cities don’t get federal highway money directly” — the money flows through state governments or regional bodies known as metropolitan planning organizations. Under Trump’s order, “does it mean states or MPOs can’t spend their federal money in those cities?” he asked.
“Some cities get money for transit but what about the money that flows to transit authorities or airport authorities?” he asked. “Does it mean the Army [Corps of Engineers] wouldn’t dredge canals in southeast Louisiana because New Orleans is a sanctuary city?"
Even the U.S. Department of Transportation is trying to figure out how the executive order might affect the dollars it doles out. So are cities around the country.
Actions have consequences even for arrogant liberals
William, they haven't in the past. Look at KILLary, Slick WIlly, OWEbama, Lynch, Sharpton, Franken, Pelosi, Feinstein, Cummings, etc, etc.
There will be no sanctuary cities in America...you libs had better come to grip with that
If you think that Trump...,will stop at "threats"..., then you haven't been paying attention.
Hey get the illegals to pay for all of that out of their supposed tax dollars.
Do you mean the ones they're "supposed to be paying" which they don't or the "ones they receive" which they do?
The solution is simple, stop being a sanctuary city and everything regarding funding moves freely. Don't and the people in your cities will rebel and throw those that promulgate such policies out of office.
Hey, let em sink.!
Go back to Katrina..... Millions of $$$$A$ had been allocated for the levies... etc. But the Dem politicians used that $$$$$$$$$$$ to pad their pockets. Nothing was fixed... so when the storm came everything crumbled. Even tho an alert had been given 5-7 days before the storm hit. the gov and mayor of NO did nothing. Planned parties. Were rubbing their hands together with all the $$$$$$$$ that was going to cross their palms. Did nothing. Then a few years ago Cory Bucker got millions for his city after a huge storm... but he filled his trunks full of aid $$$$ and moved to the next govt job in DC. Make sure all these corrupt politidians cannot take 90% of the $$$$$$ for these needed improvements. Once these politicians take their 90%.... nothing left for the actual work. How about hurricane Sandy.
Correct. This has always been the DEMs modus operandi.
same thing for this oroville dam thing in california. Jerry Brown is appropriating all our tax dollars and federal money so that wetbacks can have proper legal representation to fight ......the federal govt that provides the money to fight themselves....kinda convoluted reasoning there isn't it?
Hmm. Boston's mayor says federal money runs the city. In the national elections, Trump, Bush (Jr.), Bush (Sr.), and Reagan all won due to the votes and efforts of urban and suburban voters, of voters in the non-huge-city states. We won the election. The prize is ours. And the sanctuary cities are trying to tell us what WE must do with OUR money in THEIR cities? Is this like the child telling the parent what the parent must do? Of course if you tell me what I will do with my money, I will respond negatively.