U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned on Monday that sanctuary cities risked losing federal grants if they persisted in obstructing the enforcement of federal immigration laws. Billions of dollars in federal law enforcement funding are at stake.
"I urge the nation’s states and cities to carefully consider the harm they are doing to their citizens by refusing to enforce our immigration laws," Sessions said.
As a New York City taxpayer, is it too much to ask that my city government leaders focus on the safety and wellbeing of law-abiding residents rather than illegal immigrants with criminal records? Apparently, it is too much as far as Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito are concerned. They are going out of their way to defy federal law in their zeal to make New York a full-blown sanctuary city.
"The Trump Administration is pushing an unrealistic and mean spirited executive order," tweeted the mayor on the same day as the meeting. "If they want a fight, we’ll see them in court."
Who is the mayor seeking to protect from President Trump’s so-called "mean-spirited executive order"?
Evidently, de Blasio thinks it is mean to enforce immigration laws against illegal aliens such as Estivan Rafael Marques Velasquez, a gang member from El Salvador with a criminal record. Velasquez was released from Rikers Island this year onto the streets of New York before U.S. officers from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) unit could pick him up for deportation.
And there’s Luis Alejandro Villegas, 31, who was released from local custody on Dec. 31, 2016, despite a detainer request from ICE. Villegas had previously been removed from the United States and has a prior conviction for forcible theft armed with a deadly weapon.
"Villegas is a criminal alien who was released back into our New York communities, posing an increased and unnecessary risk to those who live in this great city," said Thomas R. Decker, field office director for ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations in New York.
Fortunately, ICE agents were able to catch up with both Velasquez and Villegas on their own and place them into federal custody. Those of us who lawfully live in New York City, including legal immigrants, may not be so lucky next time. De Blasio apparently thinks that protecting those of us who pay his salary from criminals who should not be in this country in the first place is less important than protecting such criminals themselves from deportation. So evidently does New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.
"We are going to become this administration's worst nightmare," said the speaker. She hosted a meeting on Monday with like-minded officials from other cities who prioritize the welfare of illegal immigrants over their own citizens, including San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, Chicago, and Philadelphia.
Ms. Mark-Viverito and her comrades threatened to block access by federal immigration authorities to portions of city property and to city records.
The mayor and council speaker are placing their own pro-illegal alien progressive agenda above the safety and welfare of the people they are supposed to serve. I fear, however, that too many of my fellow New Yorkers are so blinded by their hatred of President Trump that they may actually reward de Blasio and Mark-Viverito for their defiance this November when they go to the polls to vote for mayor and city council.
Joseph A. Klein is a featured author for FrontPage Magazine and the United Nations correspondent for Canada Free Press. He has also authored the books "Global Deception: The UN’s Stealth Assault on America’s Freedom" and "Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations & Radical Islam." Klein, a Harvard Law school alumnus and practicing attorney, has been a guest on many radio shows as a commentator and has appeared on several TV shows including "Fox & Friends." For more of this reports — Click Here Now.
© 2021 Newsmax. All rights reserved.