At Tuesday’s White House press conference, President Donald Trump suggested that some states will only receive federal funding if they fix their controversial “sanctuary” policies harboring illegal aliens, as reported by The Hill.
President Trump made the remarks during an Oval Office briefing with Governor Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) and others, saying that if they simply aimed at fixing “25 years of bad management and giv[ing] them the money they lost,” it would be “unfair to other states.”
He then expanded, saying that “we’d want certain things also, including sanctuary-city adjustments,” adding that such policies are harboring people “that shouldn’t be protected, and a lot of bad things are happening with sanctuary cities.”
“Sanctuary” refers to the extremely controversial policy implemented by some Democrats in various cities, counties, and sometimes entire states, where state and local officials are ordered to not cooperate with federal law enforcement with regards to the apprehension and deportation of illegal aliens. California is an example of a sanctuary state, where millions of illegal aliens are protected from ICE and other immigration authorities by the state government.
Recently, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that President Trump had the authority to withhold federal funds from such jurisdictions that defy federal law, and he has vowed to put the ruling to full use if these areas do not fix their immigration laws.