New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio is ready to take President Donald Trump to court if he goes through with a plan to ship thousands of illegal immigrants to his doorstep.
The Democrat mayor who has touted New York City as a “sanctuary city” is not joining his liberal mayoral colleagues across the nation in opening their arms to potentially thousands of illegal immigrants who are currently overwhelming Customs and Border Protection facilities.
“It’s illegal. It is just plain illegal. We will meet him in court. We will beat him in court,” de Blasio said Monday, according to the New York Post.
“I remember vividly the day the Trump administration, when he said he was going to cut our security funding because we did not ask for documentation status, because we would not cooperate with everything ICE was doing,” the progressive mayor said. “We said we would go to court to stop it and we did.”
His remarks were in response to a tweet by Trump earlier on Monday about transporting the detained illegal immigrants to so-called sanctuary cities.
Those Illegal Immigrants who can no longer be legally held (Congress must fix the laws and loopholes) will be, subject to Homeland Security, given to Sanctuary Cities and States!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019
The president appeared to confirm a report last week that his administration had attempted to alleviate crowding at detention centers by releasing detained migrants into “sanctuary cities,” and his suggestion that the proposal was still valid sent liberals into a meltdown.
….The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy – so this should make them very happy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2019
Democrat mayors of many other cities challenged Trump to bring it on, even while de Blasio threatened a lawsuit.
“As a welcoming city, we would welcome these migrants with open arms, just as we welcomed Syrian refugees, just as we welcomed Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel said, according to the New York Post.
“The city would be prepared to welcome these immigrants just as we have embraced our immigrant communities for decades,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said in a statement.
San Francisco’s Democrat Mayor London Breed accused the president of employing “scare tactics” and declared her city was “proud” to be a sanctuary city.
This is just another in a long line of scare tactics and half-baked ideas that are just about chasing headlines and distracting people from real issues. In SF we are proud to be a sanctuary city and we’ll continue to stand up for all of our residents. https://t.co/qbc19UZq3u
— London Breed (@LondonBreed) April 12, 2019
Mayor Ras Baraka welcomed the move as a “blessing” to his city of Newark, New Jersey.
“His curse is our blessing,” Baraka told Al Sharpton on MSNBC. “Many of these immigrants have kept cities afloat in difficult economic times. They opened up stores, they purchase goods and services in the community, uplifted our economy. So this does nothing but create more opportunity for folks in our city.”
New Haven, Connecticut Mayor Toni Harp told NBC: “For as long as I’m mayor, New Haven will continue its open-arms tradition for those fleeing oppression.”
Many “sanctuary cities” including Los Angeles, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Burlington, Vermont; Portland, Oregon; and Hartford, Connecticut also put out their welcome mats. But New York City’s de Blasio accused Trump of using immigrants as “chess pieces” as he threatened to sue the administration over the proposed policy.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) April 13, 2019
The mayor also kicked off Immigrant Heritage Week this week, touting New York City as “the ultimate city of immigrants” while vowing to “stand up” to Trump.
Make no mistake, New York City will ALWAYS stand up to @realDonaldTrump and call out his cynical plots to divide our country. To anyone in the world fleeing hatred and oppression, the ultimate city of immigrants wants you to remember: you’re ALWAYS welcome here. pic.twitter.com/H9xOYz5mJe
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) April 16, 2019
As is the case with most progressive arguments, the distinction between legal and illegal immigrants if often not one to be highlighted.
It’s not enough to say we value and welcome immigrants. We have to tell the truth: we NEED immigrants in this country. The countless contributions immigrants have made to our culture, economy and society are integral to who we are as Americans. #ImmigrantHeritageWeek
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) April 17, 2019
The mayor’s comments sparked plenty of reaction on Twitter.
It’s a clown and puppet show
— Peter ⚡️ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑβΕ⚡️???? (@PeterGotis) April 16, 2019
“Illegal immigrants for thee not for me”
— John H. (@__Orestes) April 16, 2019
Suddenly there’s a “no vacancy” sign as you enter NYC.
— Mark P. Levy (@MarkPLevy) April 16, 2019
Yes. The left wants illegals in America, but not where they live. They want illegals to flood YOU out. Can it be any more obvious? In the same release they demand open borders and will use courts to force them illegally on YOU.
— JamesMadison (@potus4madison) April 16, 2019
@BilldeBlasio : “Not in my back yard!”
— jerZboyMediaUSA (@jerZboyUSA) April 16, 2019
— RAKWIGHT (@rakwight) April 16, 2019
What the point of being a sanctuary city, if you don’t want illegals to be able to come and have sanctuary there?
— ittb (@ittbbb) April 16, 2019
Trump just checkmated these clowns.
— LibsRCancer (@cancer_libs) April 16, 2019
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