Schneiderman vows to fight Trump over sanctuary city funding
Jan 27, 2017 12:04 am
Matt Hamilton reports in The Albany Times-Union that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Wed., Jan. 25, that he will "do everything in my power to fight" Donald Trump's executive order directing federal officials to withhold funding from so-called sanctuary cities. A sanctuary city is a jurisdiction that limits their cooperation with federal immigration agents when identifying or turning over unauthorized immigrants. Locally, Albany and Kingston have passed some version of a sanctuary city law, and Hudson is beginning to consider a proposal. In Berkshire County, North Adams, Pittsfield, and Great Barrington have signed Welcoming Resolutions for undocumented residents. Trump's order calls on federal officials to identify and withhold federal grants from sanctuary cities. "The President lacks the constitutional authority to cut off funding to states and cities simply because they have lawfully acted to protect immigrant families — as described in the legal guidance my office issued last week," Schneiderman said in a statement. "Local governments seeking to protect their immigrant communities from federal overreach have every right to do so." Read the full story in The Albany Times-Union.