At the threat of losing funds, sanctuary cities rebel against following immigration law; maybe because too many citizens are voting with their feet.
Why do sanctuary cities rebel against immigration enforcement? This CNN clip lists their official excuses:
Now, the Trump Administration is declaring they are taking action. A local California station reports:
Chicago is one of those sanctuary cities that is resisting. According to the local NBC affiliate,
After Attorney General Jeff Sessions reiterated the federal government’s threat to block funding for so-called “sanctuary cities,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel doubled down on his own promise that Chicago will “continue to welcome” immigrants.
“I’ve always seen Chicago as a welcoming city,” Emanuel said in an interview from the Nasdaq stock exchange in New York on Monday.
“It welcomed my grandfather 100 years ago, we continue to welcome entrepreneurs, immigrants, and I would just say think of it this way: Half the new businesses in Chicago and the state of Illinois come from immigrants, nearly half,” he added. “Half the patents at the University of Illinois come from immigrants, and so we want to continue to welcome people, welcome their ideas, welcome their families to the city of Chicago, who want to build the American dream for their children and their grandchildren.”
Emanuel’s pledge came after Sessions told reporters that the Department of Justice would use compliance with immigration law as a condition for cities to receive federal grants – a reinforcement of the executive order on sanctuary cities that President Donald Trump signed in January.
What Emanuel isn’t telling you is that Chicago, with it taxes and its regulations, is welcoming citizens and long-time residents too—that is, welcoming them to leave! Illinois Policy Institute vice president Michael Lucci writes (emphasis added),
Cook County lost more population than any other county in the United States from July 2015 to July 2016, according to a new data release from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Cook County shrank by 21,324 people. The county had more births than deaths and gained 18,434 people from international immigration. However, Cook County had a net loss of 66,244 people to other parts of the United States, which more than offset the components of population growth.
However, the people leaving Cook County aren’t showing up in other parts of Illinois when the net movements of people are considered.
In fact, most of Illinois is depopulating – 93 of Illinois’ 102 counties are experiencing net out-migration, and 89 of Illinois’ 102 counties have shrinking populations. Illinois’ dysfunctional government, weak job creation and ever-increasing tax burden help explain why. A Paul Simon Public Policy Institute poll released in October 2016 found that taxes were the No. 1 reason people want to leave Illinois.
So, there’s a big reason for Rahm Emanuel to welcome illegals: to slow down Chicago’s descent into another Detroit and its transformation into a ghost town. Obviously, immigration enforcement would not only hasten the depopulation of Cook County (which is where Chicago is located), but it would slow down the flow of illegals to the city. They would no longer perceive Chicago as a place where they will be insulated from ICE and have less incentive to move there.
As sanctuary cities rebel against the Trump Administration, it is worth investigating if others beside Chicago are facing demographic problems because of their other “progressive” (read: regressive) policies.