The Executive Director of the Fraternal Order of Police, one of Trump’s biggest supporters in the 2016 election campaign, slammed president Trump’s Sanctuary City policy saying “it endangers public safety,” Reuters reported Wednesday.
Following a White House meeting with the president, Jim Pasco told Reuters that leaders of the union are deeply troubled by Trump’s threats to cut federal block grants from so-called ‘sanctuary cities.’
The union fears that police funding will be impacted and police departments will not be able to adequately do their jobs to ensure Americans’ safety.
Pasco said Sanctuary cities do not use local municipal funds to enforce federal immigration rules, meaning that undocumented immigrants enjoy a degree of security.
But U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Monday that the Justice Department would restrict grants to jurisdictions that do not cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
Cutting police funding in an attempt to cracking down on immigration makes everyone less safe. Is Trump seriously willing to sacrifice the safety and livelihoods of Americans to strong arm city governments? What happened to “Make America safe again”?
Trump launched his campaign by asserting that undocumented immigrants bring crime to America. His solution? The insane wall on the Mexican border that he plans to build.
Trump supporters believe his notion that undocumented immigrants bring more crime. In reality, undocumented immigrants are less likely to commit crimes that native born Americans, according to several studies. In fact, since the 1990s undocumented immigration has soared while crime rates have plummeted to a historic low, according to the Police Foundation.
According to the report, Trump’s executive order to slash funding from sanctuary cities does exclude funding “deemed necessary for law enforcement purposes.” However, the Fraternal Order of Police is not convinced that the exception will be enough to cover all current policing activities.
Since day one in office, Trump has proven that he’s the biggest threat to national security.