Trump issues threat to stymie federal funding to California Jacques Manjarrez March 1, 2017 News Trump has threatened to withhold federal funding if California becomes a sanctuary state. During a televised interview with Bill O’Reilly, President Donald Trump expressed his concern for Californian independence, calling the Californian situation “out of control.” “If we have to, we’ll defund,” Trump said. “We give tremendous amounts of money to California. California in many ways is out of control, as you know.” The movement to convert California into a sanctuary state, which was kickstarted by State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, was approved by the State Senate committee on May 30. The bill was created in opposition to the Commander-in-Chief’s controversial stance on immigration, which has been viewed by many as prejudiced and cowardly. By making California a sanctuary stat, state officers would be prohibited from working alongside immigration officers in the searching for undocumented immigrants. Although some Californian cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sacramento have already adopted sanctuary-like policies, there are still many Californian cities that remain susceptible to the presidential authority. Trump has already signed a bill that would pull federal funding from a few vulnerable sanctuary cities. The City of San Francisco has taken it upon themselves to sue the Trump administration for this, citing it as unconstitutional and un-American. “That is why we must stand up and oppose it,” said Dennis Herrera, City Attorney of San Francisco. “We are a nation of immigrants and a land of laws. We must be the ‘guardians of our democracy’ that President Obama urged us all to be in his farewell address.” Herrera emphasized the need for people to stand up against a president that she believes has violated the Constitution. “This lawsuit is not a step I take lightly,” Herrar said. “But it is one that is necessary to defend the people of this city, this state and this country from the wild overreach of a president whose words and actions have thus far shown little respect for our Constitution or the rule of law.” This perception is shared by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, as well as Californian Governor Jerry Brown, who has regularly vocalized his distaste for some of the Commander-in-Chief’s propositions. Some Californians believe that this sanctuary policy is the match spark for the CalExit bonfire, and are exploring the possibility of absolute secession from the union of the United States of America. “I think it’s ridiculous,” Trump said, reiterating his opposition to sanctuary cities, which he said “breed crime.” Trump has signed an executive order in his first week in office that threatened to withhold federal funding for cities that fail to cooperate with federal immigration officials. Although some states, the state of California included among them, give more to the federal government then they get. Some Californians believe that this is the catalyst for the secession of California from the union. If Trump pulls federal funding, California could well manage to become financially independent. Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.