Trump Pay For the Border Wall With Sanctuary City Funds
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 | Video
Proposal gains momentum with support from president, Rep. Meadows
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A border wall with Mexico could initially be financed by withholding federal funds from rogue 'sanctuary' cities, counties, and states - an idea that is being floated by President Trump and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC).
"In the upcoming omnibus budget bill, Congress must fund the border wall and prohibit grants to sanctuary jurisdictions that threaten the security of our country and the people of our country," Trump said yesterday during his visit to California to inspect border wall prototypes. "We must enforce our laws and protect our people."
"California sanctuary policies put the entire nation at risk. They’re the best friend of the criminal. That’s what exactly is happening. The criminals take refuge in these sanctuary cities, and it’s very dangerous for our police and enforcement folks."
The president asserted that he may even veto the spending bill if it provides funding for sanctuary cities - regardless of whether there are also provisions for the wall.
🚨Happening Now: President Trump checking out the border wall prototypes. #BuildTheWall pic.twitter.com/FYlW5D8201
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@Scavino45) March 13, 2018
Representative Meadows echoed the president's sentiments during an appearance on Lou Dobbs Tonight.
"On March 23, we have an omnibus coming up that will fund the entire government, and I believe that we need to put money in for the wall," Meadows said. "Perhaps one of the pay-fors would be this: let's take some of that money that is going in to these sanctuary cities and sanctuary states - who refuse to uphold the rule of law and make sure that their communities are safe - perhaps we take that money back and use it on a down payment on the wall."
Build The Wall: @RepMarkMeadows: @realDonaldTrump is committed to building the wall, we just need to pay for it. Let’s take federal money from sanctuary cities and use it as a down payment on the wall. #MAGA #TrumpTrain #Dobbs pic.twitter.com/hx5J2R3igP
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) March 13, 2018