March 20, 2017
WAIT, I DON'T EVEN GET THE SILVER?:
Trump budget cuts immigration aid and local police are stunned (Alan Gomez, 3/16/17, USA TODAY)
Throughout his campaign, Trump said he would help local communities enforce immigration laws and vowed to punish those that didn't -- generally referred to as "sanctuary cities" -- by withholding federal funds. Yet his budget would eliminate the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, which would deny aid to localities that help enforce his ramped-up deportation program. The move would save the federal government $210 million this year.That proposal came as a shock to officials in Miami-Dade County, which became the first jurisdiction in the country to shed its "sanctuary city" status by fully complying with Trump's immigration authorities. Mayor Carlos Gimenez ordered his jail to honor all requests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to detain undocumented immigrants, a controversial move that was approved by the county commission but led to sweeping protests in a county where a majority of residents are foreign-born.
Posted by Orrin Judd at March 20, 2017 5:04 AM