by Robert Gehl
Whatever leftists think about “Sanctuary City” policies, they’re on the opposite side of most Americans.
Because by and large – we hate such a program – and in staggering numbers.
A new Harvard-Harris poll shown exclusively to The Hill shows that 80 percent of all voters say local authorities should have to comply with the law by reporting illegal immigrants they come into contact with to federal agents.
As it stands, hundreds of cities – most with Democratic mayors – and some states and counties – are refusing to cooperate with the feds in detaining these illegal aliens.
President Trump has signed an executive order directing Homeland Security to find ways to withhold federal funding from these cities. The top ten sanctuary cities in the country combined stand to lose upwards of $2.27 billion. They are:
- New York City: $701.6 million
- Chicago / Cook County: $526.4 million
- Los Angeles / LA County: $466.2 million
- Philadelphia: $199.5 million
- Detroit / Wayne County: $104.7 million
- Seattle / King County: $72.7 million
- San Francisco: $70.9 million
- Boston / Suffolk County: $65.5 million
- Denver: $39.1 Million
- Washington, D.C.: 20.4 million
That money goes to everything from public education to health services.
Homeland Security Secretary Kelly is expected to hire thousands of new immigration enforcement agents with broad authority to detain and deport those in the country illegally – setting up a showdown between the feds and Sanctuary Cities. Reports are that illegal immigrants could be detained for as little as a traffic violation.
The Harvard poll showed strong support for a reform of the nation’s immigration laws, with 77 percent saying they support comprehensive reform and only 23 percent against it.