In the must-pass spending bill next week, Republican leadership will fund sanctuary cities. A senior GOP aide told The Daily Caller News Foundation that it gives Democrats a key victory while undercutting conservatives who put them in power.
The White House is possibly more serious about immigration policy than any other campaign promise from President Donald Trump.
Within Trump’s first few weeks in office, he signed an executive order in January 2017 to strip federal grants from cities that harbor illegal immigrants. A federal judge blocked the president’s move in November, saying that the administration did not have the legal authority to cut funding that Congress had already appropriated.
The Trump administration and federal courts are still battling, but Congress has the means to end the debate because it has the “power of the purse.”
Conservatives in Congress and administration officials are currently lobbying leadership to stop funding sanctuary cities. If Congress stops appropriating the money for these federal grants in the spending bill, the court’s claim will be undercut, and the administration and Republicans could claim a victory.
In 2016, according to American Transparency, the government distributed roughly $27 billion in federal grants.
On March 10, Trump called on Congress to stop giving money to cities that disobey federal immigration laws.
At the rally for failed Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone, Trump said, “I’m calling on Congress to stop funding sanctuary cities so we can save American lives. The funding bill should not give precious and massive taxpayer grants to cities aiding and abetting criminals. It’s what they do.”
Lawmakers must agree on the spending bill by the hard March 23 deadline. Funding sanctuary cities will not the only thing that might fire up Republicans.
Early drafts of the spending bill are being kept under “lock and key.” A GOP aide told TheDCNF that it will include:
- Planned Parenthood funding
- Obamacare subsidies
- Gun control legislation
- A large tax on internet sale
- A host of other policies against Republican campaign promises.
National grassroots conservative organization ForAmerica President David Bozell told TheDCNF, “This is why guys like Rick Saccone lose. The expectations for Republicans to maintain control ought to be very low. Republicans want to run on this platform of tax cuts and ‘my name is not Nancy (Pelosi). How much currency does the ‘we aren’t Pelosi’ have any more? This is not 2012. These are base races. You have to have your base energized for you, and giving Democrats everything they want is going to keep base voters at home.”
He continued, “There is nothing preventing Republicans from being on offense on all of the key issues, like immigration, Obamacare, Planned Parenthood — all of them. You are talking about trillions of dollars that our representatives are spending under the cover of darkness. Their number one responsibility is to be stewards of taxpayer dollars.”
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s office did not respond to requests for comment as to whether or not leadership is planning on allocating funds for sanctuary cities. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office also did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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