No Federal Funds: Trump Has A New Strategy To Get What He Wants

by
Fatimah Mazhar
President Donald Trump has a new plan to force people into complying with his sweeping immigration executive orders: twisting arms.

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President Donald Trump is facing a lot of opposition against his draconian immigration executive orders.

Last week, people took to the streets and airports to protest against his ban on people coming to the United States from seven predominantly Muslim countries and a total stoppage on refugees.

Meanwhile, authorities who oppose his crackdown on sanctuary states and cities are also responding with defiance.

Only a week after Trump threatened to withdraw federal funding from sanctuary states, a fairly loose term for places with immigration-friendly laws, California lawmakers quickly moved to advance a bill that would bar local police and sheriffs from working with federal immigration officials looking to detain or deport undocumented immigrants.

Quite obviously, this move didn’t sit well with the president, who is not particularly known for tolerating non-cooperation.

So, in response, he has vowed to do what he does best: twist arms until he gets what he wants.

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California, Trump told Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, “is, as you know, out of control in many ways."

“If we have to, we'll defund," he added. "We give tremendous amounts of money to California; California in many ways is out of control, as you know. I think it's ridiculous. Sanctuary cities, as you know, I'm very much opposed to sanctuary cities. They breed crime, there's a lot of problems.”

Trump made similar threats recently to UC Berkeley as well, following campus protests that turned violent and forced the cancelation of an event with controversial far-right speaker Milo Yiannopoulos.

 

 

However, California Gov. Jerry Brown has made it quite clear that he plans to fight all of Trump’s xenophobic proposals.

"We may be called upon to defend those laws and defend them we will," Brown said last month. "We will defend everybody — every man, woman and child — who has come here for a better life and has contributed to the well-being of our state."

It’s not going to be as easy for Trump to defund California as he is making it out to be. The Golden State, last year, surpassed France to become the sixth-largest economy in the world.

Moreover, according to the latest analysis of States Most & Least Dependent on the Federal Government by personal finance site WalletHub, California "is the fifth least federally dependent state.”

Californians are not going down without a fight:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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