A coalition of states have joined forces to fight back against blue states that have made it their mission to defeat President Trump’s executive order on sanctuary cities. This week, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a friend-of-the-court brief to support the 10-state coalition and put additional pressure on federal courts trying to hamstring the current president and his immigration policies.
“President Trump’s Executive Order is fully constitutional and a large step toward public safety,” Paxton said in a statement. “If law enforcement authorities have policies of not cooperating with federal immigration authorities, dangerous criminals will unlawfully remain in the country, travel freely between states and continue to evade the justice system. Governments have a duty to protect their citizens – it is imperative that we honor federal laws and cooperate with ICE detainers to keep our communities safe.
“Sanctuary jurisdictions obstruct cooperation between federal and local officials on immigration enforcement and undermine the rule of law,” he continued. “When law enforcement is deliberately impeded, our communities become more dangerous by the day.”
At least one federal judge has ruled that the Trump administration does not have the legal right to withhold federal money from cities that refuse to cooperate with ICE detainer requests. And California, by way of their special counsel Eric Holder, is threatening the administration with a lawsuit.
“As a sovereign state, California has the constitutional authority and responsibility to allocate its limited state resources to those areas of greatest significance to the safety and well being of its residents,” Holder wrote in a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week. “California is not required, in other words, to divert those resources and compromise its security to enforce federal immigration laws.”
The executive order itself was one of President Trump’s first moves in the Oval Office. Signed on Jan. 25, the order directs the Justice Department to seek out any available funding programs and grants that can be stripped from cities that protect illegal immigrants from deportation. The order has since become a flashpoint of resistance for liberal communities which want to keep harboring illegals but don’t want to be cut off from the federal teat. The mayors of Chicago and New York City are among those who have vowed to keep their cities sanctuaries for illegal immigrants, and California is currently pushing legislation to make the entire state a refuge for non-citizens.
On the other side of the coin, Texas has passed a law that forbids ANY municipality from distancing themselves from federal immigration authorities, and now they are facing their own legal challenges. And in a remarkable quid pro quo, President Trump has directed the DOJ to get involved in the state case, giving Texas legal backup as the state endeavors to give Trump the same.