Some U.S. cities who have declared sanctuary for illegal immigrants are now taking their defiance of the law one step further.
In blatant disregard of the law, and of Donald Trump’s plans to overhaul the immigration issues plaguing our country, some cities have now begun “legal defense funds” to prevent deportation of illegals living in their communities.
Local officials in Chicago, Los Angeles, and elsewhere have made it known they will pay the legal expenses of immigrants who are facing deportation — and they are using your money to do it.
These funds are providing free legal aide to illegals with taxpayer dollars — taken away from other necessary community service projects such as building new roads, schools, providing local maintenance of infrastructure — and even taking from fire and rescue resources.
The defense funds are also being paid for by revenues accrued in property tax payments from local citizens.
And most people in these local communities are not happy their hard-earned income is being used to protect those breaking the law.
Judicial Watch reported:
It appears to be a growing trend of using public funds to protect those who have violated federal law. The offenders are municipalities that have long offered illegal aliens sanctuary and an array of taxpayer-funded benefits.
One resident said “illegal immigration is a crime, let’s be honest. We’re talking about spending millions of dollars protecting criminals from justice.” Another L.A. resident opposed to using tax dollars to help illegal aliens pointed out that “when you come across that border, and you don’t have the right to be here, you’re illegal. It’s the same as selling dope, shooting somebody. Illegal is illegal.”
This new plan by some local officials has left their citizens divided on the issue, and emotions are running high.
In one Chicago community, an immigrant business owner admitted that he knew he had illegal, undocumented workers employed by his company and stated, “Donald Trump, we are sending you a message, you will not tear apart our families, we will stay together. We will defend and protect our communities.”
However, the irony of the situation seems to escape him in that by protecting these illegal immigrants with money meant to improve his community, the local economy — and his own business — will take a hit.
In Los Angeles, a $10 million fund has been set up, taken from resources previously allocated for fire, EMS, and police services.
Judicial Watch reported:
The L.A. city attorney, whose office prosecutes crimes and represents the city in litigation, said the money will ensure that there is “more fairness and more effectiveness in the immigration system,” which, of course, is a federal and not a state matter. L.A.’s mayor said the taxpayer dollars allocated to this cause will help the region’s “most vulnerable” immigrants. The money will come from the city’s general fund, which is used for services such as street repairs, fire and police protection.
Other leaders in these cities are furious that local resources are being used to defend illegals hiding from prosecution and deportation instead of helping those who struggle in the city’s low-income areas.
One local official states that the citizens of the city, who obey the law and go to work each day to provide for their families yet still struggle, should be the top priority before giving assistance to immigrants who are breaking U.S. law.
Judicial Watch reported on local reaction to the defense fund plans:
“I’d like to see the administration put the same amount of effort into creating a legal representation fund for all of those young black boys and black girls that are racially profiled in this city… or to support programs like CeaseFire to quell some of the violence in our community,” said Alderman Pat Dowell. “When the mayor talks about wanting to keep the immigrant communities safe, secure and supported, those are the same needs that other communities have. … I’d like to see the same attention to some needs we have in our community.”
Not only are these city officials breaking the law in protecting immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally, but they are taking from programs that would benefit their own citizens in need by making local improvements — or even by simply keeping their city safe.
In their effort to protect illegal immigrants from deportation, they are bringing crime to their cities — and defunding local police and rescue personnel when they are needed most.
This next defiant step by “sanctuary cities” can only be a recipe for disaster as they allow their communities to self-destruct in order to benefit those who live there illegally.