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.
For those sanctuary cities that remain defiant... I would recommend that Trump examine criminal prosecution of their City and County government officials.. for aiding and abetting illegal alien trafficking, and as accessories to any crimes committed by illegal aliens under their jurisdiction.
Trump may also want to have the AG designate these cities... criminal enterprises... under the RICO Act and begin federal racketeering investigations of the city and county governments. The people must hold these leaders accountable for their policies... including, jail time, if necessary.
In addition, any statutory removal processes for city and county officials, who violate the laws of the United States, should be examined and where available used to remove those officials from office.
Jail would be a better fix.
That's the ultimate goal... these miscreants all need to be jailed.
Excellent. Maybe we could add treason in there as well. Hello Hillary, BO, and the crowd of them!?
The thing of it is that if these cities would follow the rules - that is to say, the law of the land - they would not stand to lose the Federal funding for their little projects and politician's bank account increases.
Democrats are so stupid and childish that they cut their throats to spite their nose.
Defend sanctuary cities and reduce our taxes and debt!
The Law is the Law, I must obey are laws why not you? If you can't tough.
Support president Trump, Tea Party Member.
Anyone who thinks that the Dems are starting to "get it" is delusional. They want the money to keep their local power and their wallets stuffed, not to use it wisely and efficiently to benefit the people.
Time to wake up the snowflakes in these cities. My answer is " Tough shit snowflakes" Time to drain the city swamps.
"Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said, "We won't place money ahead of our neighbor's safety and security" Well then I'd like to know which neighbors he means? The real legal citizens or the illegal criminals? Whose safety does he care more about? The man is an idiot. Who does he think Trump is trying to protect? The legal people who have a right to be here, while Walsh wants to undermine that by protecting the illegals. These stupid mayors of these sanctuary cities need to be kicked out of office, because they certainly don't care about the right people.
I believe those who take a stand to ignore or circumvent the laws of the United States are in violation of the law... obstructing justice, felony conspiracy to commit a crime, accessory to crime, etc. and should be arrested and tried... do that to a few Mayors and see how their rhetoric changes.
In short... abetting criminal conduct is a crime... the Mayor needs to be charged and prosecuted.