- Legal defense funds are being set up in DC, LA, and other cities to help immigrants after the Trump election. According to NPR and the Washington Post, the cities collectively raised millions in donations and set aside tax dollars to assist immigrants who may go to court during a Trump administration. The amount will "help illegal immigrants in the District apply for asylum and will provide representation for those residing in the city legally with green cards to obtain permanent U.S. citizenship." Some are calling this move the creation of "super" sanctuary cities that do not just refuse to deport undocumented citizens, but actively protect them. Our verdict: The immigration war has only begun. It's possible that Congress will pass a law (that Trump would sign based on his previous statements) to defund sanctuary cities or outright ban the practice. Politically, it would be an ugly battle but the Trump administration would get its way. These defense funds, while a step in the right direction, may help individuals stay in the country and tie up any deportations in the courts, but they could spell the end of sanctuary cities as we know them. We suspect that any change would eventually make its way to the Supreme Court, which has a conservative majority.
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