New Haven Mayor Questions Trump Sanctuary City Crackdown

US President Donald Trump

President Trump today signed executive orders directing the federal government to fund construction of a wall along the United States' border with Mexico and to freeze funding to sanctuary cities.

President Trump is the executive orders he signed Tuesday called on the Department of Homeland Security to publish a list each week of the crimes committed by undocumented immigrants. Leaders in most, but not all, of these cities have said they'd turn over immigrants if they'd been charged with serious crimes like murder.

Murray referred to the president's actions Wednesday as the darkest day in immigration history since the creation of Japanese internment camps during World War II.

Slashed funding to "sanctuary cities" is also high on the agenda.

"So Mr. President, this city has been here before, and we are not going back", he said.

Seattle hosted an immigrant rights workshop during Trump's inauguration on January 20. They were not going to support anything that prevented any sort of gravy train from rolling into their police stations.

"We will not be intimidated by federal dollars", Murray added.

"I'm willing to lose every single penny to protect those people", Murray said, noting that if he knows anything about Seattle, it's that its residents care about civil rights. Overall, San Francisco receives about $1 billion in federal funds for everything from public transportation to aid to the homeless.

Sanctuary cities offer safe harbor for undocumented immigrants who might otherwise be deported by federal immigration law enforcement officials. "Obviously, if an agency with jurisdiction over this came into our city, we would not block that in any way", Narkewicz said. "These jurisdictions have caused immeasurable harm to the American people and to the very fabric of our Republic".

"I want cities who are sanctuary cities, who might face some sort of repercussion, to say: we choose our undocumented immigrants", Lopez said.

Councilwoman Lorena Gonzalez said that on January 30 should would introduce a resolution in City Council to reaffirm Seattle as a welcoming city.

Immigration rights protesters were blocking streets near the White House Wednesday night. Indeed, he's said they're an issue to be worked out humanely, down the line.

NY attorney general Eric Schneiderman said Wednesday that Trump "lacks the constitutional authority to cut off funding to states and cities simply because they have lawfully acted to protect immigrant families". The law declared that local authorities could not keep immigrants in custody to be handed over to federal immigration officials if they had no violent felonies on their records and did not now face charges.

King County Council Chair Joe McDermott told the Capitol Hill Times that Wednesday was about affirming the county's values. "They can use my office", he said.

In a series of tweets, Senator Kamala Harris also decried Trump's executive orders, saying of California's immigrants "we benefit from their creativity and love of our country". Officials said Trump would wait until later in the week to take action on visas and refugees, potentially as early as tomorrow.