According to the order, “sanctuary jurisdictions” would be “not eligible” for federal grants, and the order directs the Office of Management and Budget to compile the money currently headed to those jurisdictions.
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has released the following statement regarding the matter:
“The resources of the city of Syracuse, including the Syracuse Police Department, are not being used to enforce federal anti-immigrant policies, nor are they empowered to do so. We do not intend to change this practice, and will scrutinize any proposed changes at the federal level thoroughly. I pledge we will continue Syracuse’s commitment to our New American residents, building the trust and relationships our neighbors deserve, and continue to treat them with the dignity and respect they deserve. Syracuse is now, and always will be a city that bids you welcome.”
The order could cost states and cities millions of dollars in federal grants, reports said.
However, the administration will likely face legal challenges since courts have previously ruled that federal funding decisions cannot be used to “coerce” states into actions.
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has recently provided local governments and law enforcement agencies with guidance on how to become “sanctuary jurisdictions,” in an effort to protect immigrants from deportation under the new administration.
Attorney General Schneiderman has released the following statement regarding President Trump’s executive order:
“The President lacks the constitutional authority to cut off funding to states and cities simply because they have lawfully acted to protect immigrant families — as described in the legal guidance my office issued last week. Local governments seeking to protect their immigrant communities from federal overreach have every right to do so.
“Building and maintaining trust between local law enforcement, and the communities they bravely serve is vital to ensuring public safety. Any attempt to bully local governments into abandoning policies that have proven to keep our cities safe is not only unconstitutional, but threatens the safety of our citizens.
“I urge President Trump to revoke this Executive Order right away. If he does not, I will do everything in my power to fight it.”