Prieto on sanctuary city bill: Municipalities shouldn’t suffer if Trump cuts funding


Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) says that municipalities shouldn’t have to suffer if President Donald Trump’s (R) administration cuts federal funding from sanctuary cities. Vincent Prieto

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“I think it’s the right thing to do: we want to make sure municipalities are not hurt by something the president might do. The federal government shouldn’t be allowed to will their way on municipalities, states and counties,” Prieto told Hudson County View.

“I think the 10th Amendment would protect municipalities. At the end of the day, we have to make sure we don’t hurt the residents of those towns. We’ll try to put these on the governor’s desk and we’ll see if he actually does veto them.”

Last night during appearance on NJ 101.5’s “Ask the Governor,” Gov. Chris Christie (R) called the sanctuary city bill, which would reimburse sanctuary cities with state funds if they lose money from the federal government, “outrageous” and “political pandering.”

For that reason, the governor vowed that he would veto the bill if it should make it to his desk.

Prieto further stated that “enforcing immigration is the rule of the federal government, not the local police departments” and it would be unfair to penalize them as a result.

Bill (S-3007/A4590), being pushed by state Senator Brian Stack (D-33), who is almost always on the same page as the governor, and Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-33), has faced harsh criticism from Republicans.

Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-16), a declared gubernatorial candidate, said that encouraging people to break the law in order to pander to voters was unacceptable.

“I have long supported comprehensive immigration reform and believe we need to demonstrate some compassion in doing so, but adopting policies that actually encourage people to break federal law is both reckless and irresponsible,” he said in a statement released today.

“Maybe some Democrats – including Phil Murphy and the Mayors in many urban centers – feel it’s in their best political interests to pander for votes. But when their policies put public safety at risk and cost New Jersey taxpayers billions, someone needs to say enough is enough.”

Ciattarelli went on to say that is is “mind-boggling” anyone declared their municipality a sanctuary city since it is “a threat to public safety.”

With great fanfare, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, a frequent target of Ciattarelli, signed an executive order declaring the municipality a sanctuary city.

Trump’s administration has threatened to cut federal funding to sanctuary cities if they impede the actions of U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE), but has yet to take such an action.

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