Before President Trump won the White House, he pledged to put an end to sanctuary cities in America.
Sanctuary cities are havens for illegal immigrants and fail to follow federal law when it comes to prosecuting illegal immigrants for their crimes.
Currently, there are over 200 sanctuary cities in the U.S., New York City being one of the largest. According to the New York Post, New York City receives around seven billion dollars in federal assistance per year, some of which helps maintain its status as a sanctuary city.
“We think it's very susceptible to legal challenge,” he told CNN's Alisyn Camerota Thursday on “New Day.” “If they make an attempt to pull that money, it will be from NYPD, from security funding to fight terrorism.”
“If an attempt is made to do that, we will go to court immediately for an injunction to stop it,” de Blasio added. “We believe the executive order is vague and in some ways contradictory.”
But New York City Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal has an entirely different suggestion. Rosenthal, an ardent Democrat activist, says that her city doesn't want the federal government's money.
In fact, she believes that NYC can run things fine on its own.
According to the New York Daily News, 9% of NYC's budget comes from federal aid.
While Rosenthal fights against Trump's plans for immigration, Miami-Dade has become the first county to leave behind its “sanctuary” status because it doesn't want to lose its cash flow from the federal government.