Friday, February 17, 2017

States and Cities Join Lawsuit to Block Trump's Immigration Order

Cities across the Nation and New York on Friday signed on to support a Federal Lawsuit in Brooklyn that seeks to continue blocking President Trump’s Immigration Order issued last month.

The largest Cities in the Nation signed onto the Amicus Brief, including Los Angeles, Chicago, and Philadelphia.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed Papers earlier this month to join the Lawsuit.

The New York Cities, including: Buffalo, Ithaca, New York City, Rochester, Schenectady, Syracuse, and Yonkers, said they would be harmed by the Order because of their sizable Immigrant and Refugee populations.

“Our country was founded upon the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Unfortunately, the president’s executive order does not reflect these principles," Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano said in a statement.

Upstate Cities in New York have been particularly concerned about Trump's Jan. 27th that would block Immigrants and Refugees from seven Foreign Countries with Muslim Majorities from coming to the U.S.

New York has the second largest Immigrant population in the Nation and the third largest number of Refugees, USA Today Network's Albany Bureau reported earlier this month.

Westchester County in 2015 had the largest percentage of its population who are not U.S. Citizens in the State outside New York City, Federal records showed.

Refugees have continued to enter the State even after the Jan. 27th Order: 193 refugees since then, with the most in Buffalo, Federal records show.

Trump's Order, which he said is needed to protect the Country from Terrorism, is on hold after Federal Agencies earlier this month said they would abide by a Federal Court decision in Washington State to lift the Travel ban, pending an appeal.

"We have taken decisive action to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of our country," Trump said at a White House Press Conference Thursday, calling the Courts' decision an "unsafe ruling."

Of the nearly 5,000 Refugees that settled in New York last year, nearly 94% did so outside New York City, finding safe havens throughout Upstate.

Upstate Mayors have been outspoken in opposition to the Federal Order, and they have vowed to either bolster or embrace status as a "Sanctuary City", meaning they will not enforce some Federal Immigration Laws.

“Success is never achieved by holding people down and kicking people out, so, as mayor, it is my obligation to protect the residents of my city against discriminatory policies in any way I can," said Lovely Warren, the Mayor of Rochester, which has long defined itself as a Sanctuary City.

Trump has vowed to fight their positions, threatening to strip Federal Aid. "We’ve ordered a crackdown on sanctuary cities that refuse to comply with federal law and that harbor criminal aliens," Trump said.

On Wednesday, some Upstate Democratic state Lawmakers urged New York to add Funding to help Cities with large Refugee populations.

The cities' Amicus Brief in support of the Case, Darweesh v. Trump, argued their Communities would damaged by the Order.

"These deprivations offend the values of our cities and would inflict deep wounds on our most basic institutions, including our families, businesses, educational and cultural organizations, and medical facilities," the Court papers said.

They claimed the Order contains no due process and would not make the Country safer.

“The president’s ban violates both our Constitution and the values we hold dear,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement.

If Trump denies Funds to the Sanctuary Cites and State, should they deny the Administration their State Funds?

Some States give the Administration more State Funds then they get back from the Administration. But that difference pays for many services provided by the Administration.

Someone should do the math and determine what each State Net $ is.

To clarify, New York City, a Sanctuary City, still has 170 conditions where Undocumented Immigrants are turned over to ICE agents.

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