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Most Americans Agree With President Trump, Disapprove Of Sanctuary Cities

President Trump’s executive order pledging to end federal funding for “sanctuary” cities and universities has 80 percent public support, according to a national survey by the Harvard-Harris polling organization.

The Daily Mail reported that the poll, which The Hill originally obtained, found wide agreement that law-enforcement authorities in local jurisdictions should detain and hold undocumented immigrants for their eventual deportation by federal officials. Thirty-nine U.S. cities, in addition to colleges and other jurisdictions, have declared sanctuary, according to the Immigrant Legal Resource Center.

However, “there is overwhelming opposition to sanctuary cities,” Mark Penn, a co-director of Harvard–Harris, told The Hill. He said “the public wants honest immigrants treated fairly and those who commit crimes deported, and that’s very clear from the data.”

Trump’s executive action, which he issued Jan. 25, stated: “(Sanctuary jurisdictions) are not eligible to receive federal grants, except as deemed necessary for law-enforcement purposes. Sanctuary jurisdictions across the United States willfully violate federal law in an attempt to shield aliens from removal from the United States. These jurisdictions have caused immeasurable harm to the American people and to the very fabric of our republic.”

Shortly after the order came down, San Francisco municipal officials filed a lawsuit against the federal government, claiming Trump’s action violates the Constitution. Many other sanctuary cities, as well as universities, are vowing to defy the president. However, doing so could be expensive. The Reuters news service reported that the 10 largest sanctuary cities would lose a total of $2.27 billion in federal funding annually. Of that amount, $460 million is money earmarked for early-childhood education. San Francisco gets about a billion dollars a year in non-police funding.

Other cities that call themselves sanctuary jurisdictions include New York City, Chicago, Detroit, Austin, Oakland, and Washington, D.C. Those that lack official sanctuary status but refuse to enforce federal immigration laws are Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Diego, Salt Lake City, Baltimore, Dallas and Houston.

Three of four poll respondents also agreed with the Trump administration’s call for 10,000 additional agents for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. However, 53 percent opposed the president’s promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Source: MailOnline
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