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NYC Mayor Trumpets 'Safest March' Amid Sanctuary Threats

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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

By    |   Tuesday, 04 Apr 2017 04:36 PM

Mayor Bill de Blasio defended his sanctuary city policy as keeping New York City "safer" – and Tuesday blasted President Donald Trump's proposed budget that could slash anti-terror funds for the nation's largest city.

The liberal Democratic mayor called last month "the safest March in the history of New York City" in an interview with "The Rita Cosby Show" on WABC Radio.

"To keep New York City safe, we depend on a better and better working relationship with our communities, including a half million people in this city who are undocumented, and the other half million who are permanent residents/green card holders."

"And they have been part of why we keep getting safer," he declared.

He also lashed out at U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions's threat to cut federal funds to sanctuary cities.

"We believe, despite the dire warnings you heard in the last few days – the Attorney General suggesting this country is in danger of a crime surge – "I found that more than ironic when New York City just reported its safest first quarter in its history," he said. "We believe that the path we're on is right."

He also called it ironic Trump's budget plan "would cut the money we use to fight terrorism."

"I disagree with him, but I know he has a lot of respect for the [New York Police Department], and so I tell him to remember that respect for the NYPD, and remember that these resources are being used very effectively to fight terrorism," he said.

"If you can thwart terrorism in New York City, that's the best thing we can do for this country, since we know we're the No. 1 target."

De Blasio insisted as proposed, the federal budget could potentially cut $190 million dollars for homeland security in New York City.

"I've communicated it to his team, and you know, I think it's important that he gets that perspective," he said. "If he wants a refresher course in New York City, come back and see what this money is being used for."

After the interview, the mayor was set to head to the West Coast to meet with other mayors about the Trump agenda, WABC Radio reported.

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