What do they not understand about the word “illegal” in “illegal immigrants”?
Mayors from so-called sanctuary cities insisted to Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly in a closed-door meeting Wednesday that they are not breaking federal law.
“We violate no federal or state law,” Austin Mayor Steve Adler told reporters after discussing requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hold illegal immigrants that go unmet by sanctuary cities.
Austin “is one of the safest communities in the country” because of the trust relationship between police and the communities, Adler said — and that is made possible because of its immigration policies.
The meeting came on the heels of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ threat this week to pull funding for any state and local governments that refuse to comply with federal immigration laws.