Biggest Immigrant 'Sanctuary Cities' Vow to Resist Trump's Order

January 26, 2017

From New York and Boston to Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco, officials representing the country's largest so-called "sanctuary cities" denounced President Donald Trump's "crackdown" on communities that shield undocumented immigrants from deportation.

After Trump signed an executive order eliminating most federal funding for cities with sanctuary policies in place, mayors and attorneys general came forward to declare that they had no intention of reversing course. It does not apply to law enforcement funds.

"We will not be intimidated by the threat to federal funding," Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said at a press conference in which he shared the stage with immigrant city workers.

"I want everyone to just get a picture of those behind me today," he said. "This is America who's behind me: the many immigrants who work for the city of Boston and the many first generation Americans who work for the city of Boston."

Trump's executive order, titled "Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States," would make it so that these communities, which do not fully comply with federal immigration enforcement agencies, would not be "eligible to receive Federal grants, except as deemed necessary for law enforcement purposed by the Attorney General or the Secretary [of Homeland Security]."

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, a Democrat who sued the president for fraud in the case involving Trump University, said that he would fight the executive order if Trump did not revoke it.

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