New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio stated on CNN that he would sue the Trump administration if it withheld federal funds from New York City for non-compliance with the sanctuary city order.
This statement was in direct response to President Trump’s signing of the executive order on Wednesday, which would strip federal grants from sanctuary cities.
Mayor de Blasio said, “President Trump issued an executive order today and it’s purported purpose was to enhance public safety, but here in New York City and in cities across this nation this executive order could in fact undermine public safety.”
De Blasio said the city would not “deport law-abiding New Yorkers and that the executive order was “written in a very vague fashion” and therefore is “susceptible to legal challenges.”
De Blasio said Thursday on CNN that the New York Police Department has spent “decades building relationships with communities, including immigrant communities. This is the kind of thing that would destroy that progress and make it impossible for the police to keep cities safe.”
Mayor de Blasio said, “New York City has half a million undocumented people and the city wants them to come forward and talk to police if they witness or are a victim of a crime. If they believe by talking to a police officer, they will get deported and be torn apart from their family, they’re not going to work with police.”
Video of Interview below:
H/T: The Hill
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