President Donald Trump has announced that his administration will withhold funds from sanctuary cities in line with a February court ruling that decided the government can do so to states that don’t comply with federal immigration policies.
“As per recent Federal Court ruling, the Federal Government will be withholding funds from Sanctuary Cities. They should change their status and go non-Sanctuary,” Trump wrote in a statement. “Do not protect criminals!”
As per recent Federal Court ruling, the Federal Government will be withholding funds from Sanctuary Cities. They should change their status and go non-Sanctuary. Do not protect criminals!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 5, 2020
The U.S. Court of Appeals of the 2nd Circuit court in New York on Feb. 26 announced the ruling, which overturned a lower court decision that had ordered the Justice Department (DOJ) to release the funds to New York City and seven states—New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Washington, Massachusetts, Virginia and Rhode Island.
Illegal immigration and the very existence of what is now called “sanctuary cities” without question, negatively impact the Black community.
Illegal immigration costs taxpayers about $113 billion a year at the federal, state and local level, according to figures from the Federation for American Immigration Reform. About $84 billion is absorbed by state and local governments that mostly derive funding through property, sales and income taxes.
Black citizens pay their share of these taxes yet the government programs funded through these taxes are then reduced or unavailable to Black Americans in too many communities due to illegal residents taking advantage of them.
Claims that immigration enforcement (which is necessary to preserve a country) equals racism ignore the reality that the group most likely to benefit from a tougher approach to immigration enforcement is young black men, who often compete with recent immigrants for low-skilled jobs.
This truth is illustrated best at bakery in Chicago that supplies buns to McDonald’s. Some 800 immigrant laborers, most of them from Mexico, lost their jobs in 2018 after an audit by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The Cloverhill Bakery, owned by Aryzta, a big Swiss food conglomerate, had to hire new workers, 80% to 90% of whom are African American. According to the Chicago Sun Times, the new workers are paid $14 per hour, or $4 per hour more than the (illegal) immigrant workers.
In this case, and in many others, the beneficiaries of immigration enforcement (stronger boarders and immigration laws/procedures) were working-class Black Americans, who are often passed over for jobs by immoral employers all in the name of “cheaper labor”.
The labor force participation rate for adult Black men has declined steadily since the passage of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, which ushered in a new era of mass immigration. In 1973, the rate was 79%. It is now at 68%, and the Bureau of Labor projects that it will decline to 61% by 2026.
In 2016, the Obama White House (pre-Trump era) produced a 48-page report acknowledging that immigration does not help the labor force participation rate of the native-born. It concluded, however, that “immigration reform would raise the overall participation rate by bringing in new workers of prime working age.” The report used the term “new workers,” (which in many cases serves, Democrats minds) as new voters, a back up if (I say when) the Black vote is no longer blindly on their side.
This is a slippery slope issue for radical Democrats as they must decide to go after a new voting block (illegals) or continue to ignore and go against the actual wishes of their most, sadly, loyal base (Black Americans).