The number of cities that have declared themselves sanctuary cities has risen under Trump to almost 500, and experts say that number will continue to go up.
Sanctuary cities refuse to comply with federal immigration authorities and give up illegal immigrants’ identities, bigly causing problems carrying out laws set by federal mandates.
President Trump has said that he will refuse federal funding for sanctuary cities, if they don’t comply with the federal requirements of deporting criminals who are in the country with illegal status.
A few cities have removed their sanctuary city status, like Miami, who’s mayor WELCOMED the federal mandates, tiring of watching his city overrun by crime because of illegal immigrants.
The Washing Times has more:
Nearly 500 jurisdictions are now sanctuary cities, according to a group that’s tracked the issue for more than a decade, and who said there’s been a massive surge in the number of places trying to thwart federal immigration agents since President Trump’s election.
The Ohio Jobs & Justice Political Action Committee has added more than three dozen new cities and counties to its list in 2017 alone, as jurisdictions rush to try to shield illegal immigrants from what they expect to be a new push for deportations under Mr. Trump.
“More will be coming,” said Steve Salvi, founder of OJJ. “A lot of communities now, there’s resolutions in the works and citizens groups encouraging city councils to pass them.”
Perhaps just as surprising, though, are the four cities OJJ has removed from its list or is poised to remove, once it gets final confirmation of cooperation with Homeland Security officials. Two of those are in Alaska, while the other two are Dayton, Ohio, and Miami, Florida.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced in January that county jails would begin cooperating with federal agents on deportations, just a day after Mr. Trump issued an executive order calling for sanctuary cities to lose federal grant funding.
Mr. Salvi said he’s waiting to see what Miami does to follow through before erasing them from his list.