Draining the $27 billion sanctuary city swamp

Unless if you are an ideological psychopath like Nicholas Maduro, economic conditions almost always force people, municipalities, and even nations to change their tune when it comes to holding onto an failing agenda.  And such is the plan for President Trump when it comes to battling the myriad of sanctuary cities entrenched in liberal strongholds around the country.

It is estimated that the housing, feeding, educating, and providing of healthcare to illegals costs the U.S. over $113 billion per year, with some states like California bearing the bulk of these costs.  And while the U.S. statutes make aiding and abetting illegal aliens a crime, it hasn’t stopped liberal politicians and judges from defying the law, and being willing to fight the Federal government to protect their large bloc of cheap labor and potential voters.

Including it appears former President Barack Obama, who last year funneled $27 billion in taxpayer money to support sanctuary cities.

Our organization, American Transparency (website: OpenTheBooks.com) was able to identify that number. We found nearly $27 billion ($26.74 billion to be exact) in federal funding (FY2016) for America’s 106 Sanctuary Cities. Our new report, “Federal Funding of America’s Sanctuary Cites” details federal grants and other forms of federal spending that flow to those cities.

Using our OpenTheBooks interactive map, search federal funding by city. Just click a pin and scroll down to review the municipal agencies and entities (FY2016).

Across America, there are over 300 governmental jurisdictions claiming “sanctuary status.” Of those governments, there are 106 cities, while the rest are states, counties or other units of government.

Under Trump’s order, mayors defending their sanctuary city status are essentially imposing a defiance tax on local residents. On average, this tax amounts to $500 per man, woman and child. Major cities like Washington, D.C., New York and Chicago have the most to lose, and nearly $27 billion is at stake across the country. – Forbes via Zerohedge

The majority of states currently are running deficit spending in their annual budgets, and any cuts to their federal funds would have a significant effect on their ability to provide free welfare and services to not just illegals, but their legal citizens as well.  But dependent upon the political makeup of a given city or state, revenue cuts may actually be taken out on the lawful populace, especially in places like California and Washington who tend to treat illegals better than their legitimate citizens.

Donald Trump does not have enough Federal officials to scour every city and state and remove illegal aliens without the help of local law enforcement.  And as we know full well from the defiant speeches recently made by New York City’s Bill DeBlasio and California’s Jerry Brown, these political leaders will fight hard to protect their sanctuary cities despite the illegality of their actions.  Which means that if the President truly wants to fulfill his promises regarding immigration and illegals already in the country, he will have to appeal to their pocketbooks, and drain the swamp through ceasing the tens of billions of dollars that annually go towards facilitating the fraud.

Kenneth Schortgen Jr is a writer for The Daily Economist, Secretsofthefed.comRoguemoney.net, and Viral Liberty, and hosts the popular youtube podcast on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Ken can also be heard Wednesday afternoons giving an weekly economic report on the Angel Clark radio show.