President must sue Sanctuary cities & California, arrest the Mayors & withhold ALL funds!
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President Donald J. Trump, with help from Congress, should sue “Sanctuary” cities and The State of California for using taxpayer dollars in shielding undocumented immigrants, immediately withhold all federal funds from sanctuary cities, and the entire state of California, and arrest the mayors of those towns.
We The People ask that;
The President of the United States (Donald J. Trump), The United States Senate, House of Representatives, The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), The Department of Homeland Security, The Department of State, The Department of Treasury, The Department of Defense, The Department of Labor, The Department of Health and Human Services, The Department of Commerce, The Department of Interior, The Department of Justice, The Department of Education, and The Department of Energy; to file a lawsuit against all Sanctuary Cities, and The State of California for using United States taxpayer dollars to fund criminal illegal aliens. Taxpayer dollars are going to pay for healthcare, jail costs, welfare, public defenders, Social Security, Medicare, unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation, and so forth, for illegal immigrants. The State of California and all Sanctuary Cities must be brought to account for aiding and abetting criminal illegal immigrants in avoiding detection and deportation by breaking federal law and not reporting the arrest of unlawful criminals to The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). We demand that California put an end to Americans being killed by people who were never supposed to be in this country to begin with!
We call on the President to hold mayors of so-called sanctuary cities "criminally culpable" for crimes committed by undocumented immigrants in their cities. Sanctuary cities like San Francisco often do not honor federal authorities' requests to hold undocumented immigrants in custody so they can be deported. Immediately arrest the Mayor, Board of Supervisors, and City Council and make them criminally culpable. Those mayors should also be liable for civil damages, and if the prosecutor isn't taking action, allow families to go to court and sue them civilly as well to recover damages.
We need to immediately institute a "partners in crime" plan to hold city officials accountable for the crimes of undocumented immigrants in their cities. The plan calls for Congress to pass legislation that would make city officials "an accessory" to those crimes and give victims' families standing to sue.
The Federal Government must immediately withhold all funds to “sanctuary cities”, as well as the entire state of California. Policies -- which are intended to reassure undocumented immigrants that they or their loved ones won't be deported for reporting a crime or calling the police -- must be criminalized, and Mayors of sanctuary cities held accountable. It is essential that we begin cracking down on the sanctuary cities. It makes no sense for these mayors, these local politicians, to be able to ignore the law and choose which ones they want to enforce. The sanctuary city policy is a clear obstruction of justice and for officials to destroy personal data collected from the program.
Howard Safir, who served as police commissioner from 1996-2000, said it was dangerous for cities like New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco to act as "sanctuary cities. They’re not only endangering the rest of us, but they’re endangering the other immigrants in the country and all of our citizens.” “It is horrific," Safir said. "We have federal laws… and when mayors of cities flaunt that, I believe they are committing crimes.”
Reports estimate the annual costs of illegal immigration at the federal, state and local level to be about $113 billion; nearly $29 billion at the federal level and $84 billion at the state and local level. The study also estimates tax collections from illegal alien workers, both those in the above-ground economy and those in the underground economy. Those receipts do not come close to the level of expenditures and, in any case, are misleading as an offset because over time unemployed and underemployed U.S. workers would replace illegal alien workers.
Illegal immigration costs U.S. taxpayers about $113 billion a year at the federal, state and local level. The bulk of the costs — some $84 billion — are absorbed by state and local governments.
The annual outlay that illegal aliens cost U.S. taxpayers is an average amount per native-headed household of $1,117. The fiscal impact per household varies considerably because the greatest share of the burden falls on state and local taxpayers whose burden depends on the size of the illegal alien population in that locality
Education for the children of illegal aliens constitutes the single largest cost to taxpayers, at an annual price tag of nearly $52 billion. Nearly all of those costs are absorbed by state and local governments.
At the federal level, about one-third of outlays are matched by tax collections from illegal aliens. At the state and local level, an average of less than 5 percent of the public costs associated with illegal immigration is recouped through taxes collected from illegal aliens.
Most illegal aliens do not pay income taxes. Among those who do, much of the revenues collected are refunded to the illegal aliens when they file tax returns. Many are also claiming tax credits resulting in payments from the U.S. Treasury.
With many state budgets in deficit, policymakers have an obligation to look for ways to reduce the fiscal burden of illegal migration. California, facing a budget deficit of $14.4 billion in 2010-2011, is hit with an estimated $21.8 billion in annual expenditures on illegal aliens. New York’s $6.8 billion deficit is smaller than its $9.5 billion in yearly illegal alien costs.
Sanctuary cities are not officially or legally recognized, but municipalities in California and other parts of the country have vowed not to uphold immigration laws by not recognizing the status of illegal aliens when they are arrested for minor crimes. The premise of “sanctuary” is that reporting an immigrant’s illegal status to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials “could serve to cripple trust between police officers and minority communities, a bond that already has been tested by increased scrutiny regarding police shootings around the country.” However, this theory has been debunked by law enforcement experts.
Santa Clara County, California reportedly receives almost 70% of its annual operating budget from federal funding, and taxpayers fund that county’s public health department to the tune of approximately $40 million. Illegal immigrants pose large fiscal costs for U.S. taxpayers. The Government provides four types of benefits and services that are relevant to this issue:
Direct benefits. These include Social Security, Medicare, unemployment insurance, and workers’ compensation.
Means-tested welfare benefits. There are over 80 of these programs which, at a cost of nearly $900 billion per year, provide cash, food, housing, medical, and other services to roughly 100 million low-income Americans. Major programs include Medicaid, food stamps, the refundable Earned Income Tax Credit, public housing, Supplemental Security Income, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
Public education. At a cost of $12,300 per pupil per year, these services are largely free or heavily subsidized for low-income parents.
Population-based services. Police, fire, highways, parks, and similar services, as the National Academy of Sciences determined in its study of the fiscal costs of immigration, generally have to expand as new immigrants enter a community; someone has to bear the cost of that expansion.
The cost of these governmental services is far larger than many people imagine. For example, in 2010, the average U.S. household received $31,584 in government benefits and services in these four categories.
The governmental system is highly redistributive. Well-educated households tend to be net tax contributors: The taxes they pay exceed the direct and means-tested benefits, education, and population-based services they receive. For example, in 2010, in the whole U.S. population, households with college-educated heads, on average, received $24,839 in government benefits while paying $54,089 in taxes. The average college-educated household thus generated a fiscal surplus of $29,250 that government used to finance benefits for other households.
Other households are net tax consumers: The benefits they receive exceed the taxes they pay. These households generate a “fiscal deficit” that must be financed by taxes from other households or by government borrowing. For example, in 2010, in the U.S. population as a whole, households headed by persons without a high school degree, on average, received $46,582 in government benefits while paying only $11,469 in taxes. This generated an average fiscal deficit (benefits received minus taxes paid) of $35,113.
The high deficits of poorly educated households are important in the immigration debate because the typical unlawful immigrant has only a 10th-grade education. Half of unlawful immigrant households are headed by an individual with less than a high school degree, and another 25 percent of household heads have only a high school degree.
Some argue that the deficit figures for poorly educated families in the general population are not relevant for immigrants. Many believe, for example, that lawful immigrants use little welfare. In reality, lawful immigrant households receive significantly more welfare, on average, than U.S.-born households. Overall, the fiscal deficits or surpluses for lawful immigrant households are the same as or higher than those for U.S.-born households with the same education level. Poorly educated families, whether immigrant or U.S.-born, receive far more in government benefits than they pay in taxes.
In contrast to lawful immigrants, unlawful immigrants at present do not have access to means-tested welfare, Social Security, or Medicare. This does not mean, however, that they do not receive government benefits and services. Children in unlawful immigrant households receive a heavily subsidized public education. Many unlawful immigrants have U.S.-born children; these children are currently eligible for the full range of government welfare and medical benefits. Also, of course, when illegal immigrants live in a community, they use roads, parks, sewers, police, and fire protection; these services must expand to cover the added population, or there will be “congestion” effects that lead to a decline in service quality.
In 2010, the average unlawful immigrant household received around $24,721 in government benefits and services while paying some $10,334 in taxes. This generated an average annual fiscal deficit (benefits received minus taxes paid) of around $14,387 per household. This cost had to be borne by U.S. taxpayers. Unlawful households have access to over 80 means-tested welfare programs, Obamacare, Social Security, and Medicare. Causing the fiscal deficit for each household to soar.
Americans bear an enormous fiscal burden as a result of California's illegal alien population estimated at almost 4 million residents. The annual expenditure of state and local tax dollars on services for that population is $25.3 billion. That total amounts to a yearly burden of about $3,370 for a household headed by a U.S. citizen.
Nearly half of those expenditures ($12.3 billion) result from the costs of K-12 education for the children of illegal aliens — both those illegally in the country and those born in the United States. Another significant outlay ($2.1 billion) results from the need to provide supplemental English language instruction to Limited English Proficient students, many of whom are children of illegal aliens. Together, these educational costs are 57.1 percent of total expenditures.
Because some tax revenue is collected from the illegal alien population, we include an estimate of this revenue from sales, income, property and "sin" taxes. It should be kept in mind that the $3.5 billion in tax collections is not truly an offset to the fiscal costs, because similar, and likely greater, tax revenue would be collected if the same jobs were filled by legal workers.
Voters want to see sanctuary cities punished, a new poll from Rasmussen Reports says.
Since 32-year old Kate Steinle was murdered in San Francisco last week allegedly by an illegal alien, a new poll shows that voters want to see sanctuary cities be held accountable for not upholding federal immigration laws. According to Rasmussen’s national telephone survey, “Sixty-two percent (62%) of Likely U.S. Voters think the U.S. Justice Department should take legal action against cities that provide sanctuary for illegal immigrants.” Only twenty-six percent of likely voters oppose such an action and twelve percent are undecided. In fact, fifty-eight percent think the federal government should cut off funds to cities that give safe haven to illegal aliens while thirty-two percent disagree.
Rasmussen also points out, “Eighty-four percent (84%) of those who want the Justice Department to take legal action against sanctuary cities also favor a cut-off of all federal aid. Among voters opposed to legal action, 80% also oppose a funding cut-off.”
This poll coincides another Rasmussen survey that shows that most voters agree with Republican presidential candidate and New York businessman Donald Trump—that illegal immigration increases crime. Prior Trump’s entry into the race in early May, Rasmussen found that seventy-seven percent of likely voters consider illegal immigration a serious problem in the United States.
Sources: USAToday, fairus.org, amac.us, the Denver Post, CNN.com, MSNBC, state.gov, FOXNews.com, americanlookout.com, dailycaller.com, Rasmussen, DHS.gov.
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