New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has promised to protect all the illegal aliens in his city from a President Trump and his pledge to crack down on undocumented immigrants.
Like so many other big cities, New York has become a “sanctuary city,” meaning local authorities don’t cooperate with federal efforts to apprehend and deport illegal aliens who are arrested for crimes.
According to the Leftist New York Daily News, the Big Apple is home to some 500,000 illegal aliens.
The city keeps a list of “undocumented” New Yorkers, because they qualify for a “municipal identification card,” which allows them to receive city and other benefits. De Blasio threatened that the database – addresses and all – could be wiped clean if Trump tries to enforce immigration laws. CNN reports:
The IDNYC card was introduced in 2015 as a free and official proof of identification that could be obtained with limited documentation — making it accessible to the nearly half million city residents without legal immigration status.
The personal information of cardholders, including addresses and dates of birth, is stored on encrypted databases and servers, according to the city. It cannot be disclosed to federal law enforcement or immigration authorities without permission from the city’s human resources administration. Applicants do not have to disclose their immigration status to receive a card.
De Blasio said he was going to “respect” the privacy of all the city’s residents, regardless of their status.
Clearly, first on Trump’s list would be to go after “Sanctuary cities” like New York, which knows of the whereabouts of the “criminal illegal aliens” that he has threatened to deport first.
The law that created the New York database has a clause that allows it to be “destroyed” within one year. It was a deadline included intentionally, de Blasio said, in case a “Tea Party Republican” won the White House.
“As you know there’s been an ongoing plan regardless of any electoral activity how long records are kept. Given this new reality we’re certainly going to assess how we should handle it,” he said.
The relationship between de Blasio and Trump is more than a little frayed of late. The mayor called Trump a “blowhard” and a few weeks ago, said he was running a “racist” campaign, and was acting like a “fascist.” Trump, for his part, has called the New York City mayor “probably the worst mayor in the history of NYC.”
Despite their animosity towards each other, CNN reports de Blasio would be happy to invite Trump to his house for dinner.