From the beginning of his campaign Donald Trump promised the American people a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
While he maintains that is still the case, there are those who are skeptical of how the project would be paid for.
Now we finally have an answer, and it’s not Mexico. No, the answer actually lies within our own borders in the form of Sanctuary Cities.
There are 106 cities in the U.S. that are identified as “sanctuary cities,” however close to 300 government jurisdictions claim this title, including states, counties, cities, and other municipalities.
These cities claim to “shield illegal immigrants from federal immigration authorities for solely committing immigration-related crimes”, but some guard them from even more. Bill de Blasio, the New York City Mayor, claimed he would not report an illegal immigrant caught driving drunk (this is a U.S. Mayor?).
So these non-citizens don’t have to pay taxes or follow our laws. Does this make sense to anyone?
President Trump has, on multiple occasions, threatened to defund these cities, and this is where the wall comes in.
Right now, 61% of the estimated 15 million illegal immigrants live in just 20 of the sanctuary cities. If Trump were to defund just the top three illegally populated sanctuary cities- Los Angeles with an estimated 893,000 illegals, New York City with roughly 585,000, and Chicago with about 285,000- that would be roughly $12.5 billion. If all of the sanctuary cities were to be defunded, as Trump threatens, that would be $27 billion.
That’s right, $26.74 BILLION flowed to the 106 “sanctuary cities” in 2016.
With the wall cost being estimated between $10 billion and $25 billion, the wall seems to have found its funding, and it would take only one year to fund the construction.
With these sanctuary cities taking $27 billion away from American taxpayers in order to nullify laws passed by Congress, it looks like Trump is killing two birds with one wall.