While officials in several other cities have been vocal about their position on illegal immigration, Emanuel has been the loudest of them. And clearly, he’s underestimating his own significance. Read what he said next.
“I would say to the president-elect, that the idea that you’re going to penalize Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia — these are the economic, cultural and intellectual energy of this country,” Emanuel said in a radio interview.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said last week he would go so far as to destroy a database of undocumented immigrants with city identification cards before handing it over to the Trump administration.
“We are not going to sacrifice a half-million people who live amongst us,” de Blasio said. “We will do everything we know how to do to resist that.”
In sanctuary cities, local law enforcement officials aren’t required to contact U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement about the immigration status of people they come in contact with. That can mean, for example, that they don’t notify the feds when an undocumented immigrant is about to be released from custody.
Sanctuary cities can also bar their employees, including police, from asking about a person’s immigration status because crime victims and witnesses might be less likely to talk to investigators if they are worried about being deported.
Trump said in a recent “60 Minutes” interview that he plans to deport 2 million to 3 million undocumented immigrants who have a criminal history. He’s also said he could create a special deportation task force within ICE, though sanctuary city resistance could complicate their efforts.
“Sanctuary” policies surged back into the national spotlight last year after the shooting death of Kathryn Steinle by an undocumented immigrant in San Francisco. The shooter had been released from a county jail even though federal officials had asked him to be held until they could take custody.
Critics of sanctuary cities argue the policies harbor criminals and endanger public welfare.
“President-elect Trump is talking about a very focused effort to get rid of people who are criminals,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor.” “You’d think that the mayor of Chicago, in the middle of the worst murder pattern in the city’s history, would be thrilled to have somebody help him get rid of criminals.”
But Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck calls Trump’s plan to deport illegal immigrants misguided and impractical.
“I need them to work with their local police stations, I need them to be witnesses to violent crime,” Beck said. “For a local law enforcement agency to take on [the] role of immigration enforcement tears that fabric apart.”
Because states and cities can’t be required to enforce federal law — and there’s no U.S. requirement that police ask about a person’s immigration status — one of the only options Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress have is to pull funding.
During a September campaign stop in Phoenix, Trump said, “Cities that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities will not receive taxpayer dollars” and pledged his administration would “work with Congress to pass legislation to protect those jurisdictions that do assist federal authorities.”
Wait, let’s go over that first part again. Emanuel said that cities like Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Fransisco and Philadelphia are the economic, cultural and intellectual energy of the country. Their idea of economics and intelligence are clearly different from what those words actually mean. Those cities don’t produce anything except for opinions. In any case, their welfare programs leech so much money from the federal government, they won’t last long once cut off.