Trump’s immigration executive orders would cut funding for sanctuary cities
The Trump administration’s order to rescind protections for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children could have major consequences for sanctuary jurisdictions, according to a memo from Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.
The memo, obtained by The Associated Press, lays out how the administration plans to implement the order that Trump signed in June.
The move, which was intended to reverse Obama-era policies that required states to notify ICE if they had any undocumented immigrants under arrest, is a reversal of the Trump administration, which has argued it is a key counterterrorism tool.
The memo said the administration is seeking to end the sanctuary policy, which it has been fighting for decades.
Kelly’s memo comes a week after Trump signed an executive order that seeks to defund sanctuary jurisdictions across the country.
He also signed an order that will slash funding to local law enforcement agencies that do not cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.
Kelly is seeking a two-thirds majority in the Senate to move the president’s order through Congress.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Thursday he has a bill to pass that would defund sanctuary cities.
Kelly’s memo said it is unclear how the president would pay for the cost of the changes.
Kelly did not provide details of how the cuts would be paid for.
Trump has long sought to cut funding to sanctuary cities, including the funding for the Trump Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, where immigrants who are deported from the U,S.
have gathered for months.
The executive order Kelly issued in June directed agencies to notify the U.”if any person residing in or attempting to enter the United States under the status of a protected alien was arrested, convicted or adjudicated delinquent for an offense, or has a history of domestic violence, sexual assault, kidnapping or child abuse, or if any person is a fugitive from justice, or is subject to a protective order or other order in the custody of the Department of Justice, the Attorney General, or other law enforcement agency,” the memo said.
It also said sanctuary jurisdictions should not receive any funding for “programs or activities related to immigration enforcement or immigration enforcement.”