Trump could withhold funds from New York as sanctuary city

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New York’s blind adherence to a “sanctuary city” policy will all but guarantee that a large portion, perhaps as much as 10 percent, of the city’s budget coming from the federal government will be withheld by President‑elect Trump soon after he takes office on Jan. 20. Estimated at more than $7 billion, it will trigger a financial crisis with far-reaching consequences leading to higher taxes and steep reductions in social services that will hit the most vulnerable New Yorkers hardest.

With that in mind, both Mayor de Blasio and City Comptroller Scott Stringer are setting the stage for this inevitable showdown and if history is any guide, politicians will seek to place the blame on others to shield themselves from the political fallout that will surely occur.

Trump’s pledge to the 62 million Americans of all backgrounds who voted for him was to turn off the federal funding spigot to cities like New York for refusing to end their controversial sanctuary city policies. Trump’s message to these mayors was clear: Protect law-abiding city residents from harm by deporting undocumented individuals convicted of serious crimes or choose to allow these felons to stay and roam the streets unimpeded. Unfortunately, and to the detriment of law-abiding residents, the mayor, city comptroller and most of the City Council have decided in favor of the felons.

In an extraordinary and unprecedented move to prevent the federal government from learning the identities and whereabouts of some of these undocumented felons, the mayor has threatened to destroy the multimillion-dollar, taxpayer-funded NYC ID card program database, which holds the identities of tens of thousands of New Yorkers, some of whom may be undocumented criminal aliens. In the weeks ahead, when the fiscal calamity hits and the federal funds stop flowing, expect to be lectured by city leaders who will be deflecting responsibility for their own actions and failures. New Yorkers would be wise to remain skeptical.

Trump’s widely reported policy agenda and his repeated clarion call have been to first deport convicted felons who are here illegally—not undocumented individuals and families who have no criminal records. Next, secure the borders and only then begin a national dialogue on dealing fairly with families that have been productive, law-abiding members of society but are here illegally and trapped in immigration limbo. Trump’s detractors have tried to change this narrative by characterizing him as anti-immigration and misstating his position as favoring deportation of all undocumented individuals.

Many mainstream voters believe identifying and deporting undocumented individuals convicted of serious crimes is not only responsible but an essential prerequisite to maintaining safety on our streets. Unfortunately, this worthy policy debate and any rational discussion of it is simply not possible in today’s political climate where individuals that merely raise the subject are accused of racism, bigotry and xenophobia, ironically, by those preaching loudest for tolerance and inclusion.

Stringer announced that his office is studying the effects of a federal funding curtailment on New York. In a city with an insatiable appetite for revenue, we can expect to see significant property tax, income tax and nuisance fee increases. The new Trump administration will surely be blamed for this as his detractors lose no time distorting his positions to deflect their own blame. But make no mistake about it, the financial crisis caused by the loss of federal dollars rests squarely on the shoulders of city leaders whose refusal to budge from their ideological adherence to an unalterable sanctuary city policy has put us all in great peril.

This “Progressive City-be-damned” mind set is motivated by a rigid ideology whose unyielding approach to sanctuary city policy dictates that no one should be deported, under any circumstances, at any time—not even dangerous criminals — and makes no distinction between law-abiding undocumented individuals and those convicted of serious crimes. The mayor, the comptroller and much of our City Council seem all too eager to take this risky gamble by refusing to negotiate a sanctuary city policy and plunging this city into the financial abyss. This gamble will not only put our safety at risk but will also cause great financial harm for which all New Yorkers will have to pay.

Bob Friedrich is President of Glen Oaks Village a civic leader and former candidate for the NYC Council.

Posted 12:00 am, December 2, 2016
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Sickensme from Queens says:
I hope he does so too. There is WAY too much welfare and medicaid in this city. It just sickens me. How can an illegal and their anchor babies be entitled to welfare and medicaid but yet if you are a sick elderly person who worked here for 40 years or served our country keep getting pressed for more money to pay their medicare premiums? This country makes me sick. I love this country but hate the way citizens get treated!
Dec. 2, 2016, 7:02 am
Villa from Glen Oaks says:
I live in Glen Oaks Village as undocumented individual with my family. My neighbor is in the same position. Under Bob, the area is a haven for illegals.
Dec. 2, 2016, 9:37 am
Cosmo from Jackson Heights says:
The NYC council continues to kiss every immigrants ass in this city just to get votes and stay in office, many of them usually unopposed. Danny Dromm is one of the best kiss asses ever. Like we need him at a Christmas tree lighting? Look at the dump Jackson Heights really is.
Dec. 2, 2016, 9:42 am
Bob from Glen Oaks Village says:
I agree Cosmo. We don't need more immigrants here. Clockwise and counter clock wise, I have been trying to terminate illegals living in Glen Oaks. They find loopholes using their vast unlimited resources. I can't fight a lone battle while their numbers are multiplying. One fourth of Glen Oaks is a safe harbor for them. Its outrage.
Dec. 2, 2016, 10:41 am
Not a racist says:
First of all, illegals can't vote. They can not collect welfare. They can not drive. They most certainly do not have "vast unlimited resources." And there here, so let's take care of them. They work, they contribute to society and they manage to do all of this in spite of the government. What have they ever done to you?
Dec. 2, 2016, 11:24 am
Pattie from Bellerose says:
Illegals are converted to legal residents by any means found in our government system. Little by little they take our jobs and other means. I agree with Bob. They shouldn't be in this country or in Glen Oaks Village. Bob is doing the right thing by posting here to let all know.
Dec. 2, 2016, 5:15 pm
Not a racist says:
So? Everyone gets to participate in the job market, that's a basic tenant of the free market society. Most illegal immigrants work low level, low paying jobs that no one else wants to do (farm labor, etc) because it's better for them than remaining in whatever country they came from.
Personally, I'd be totally cool with having an illegal immigrant living next to me. They aren't doing anything that hurts me, so I wouldn't care.
Dec. 2, 2016, 5:39 pm
Jerry from Queens says:
This is the most stupidest article. How does an unemployed idiot like Bob ever know what he is doing. Bob is using co-op money to cover his daily expenses so he has time to write. No other co-op members has free time. That's the difference.
Dec. 2, 2016, 9:28 pm
Martha from Glen Oaks says:
For the record, you all should know that Bob is unemployed and his work as the President of Glen Oaks Village is what gives him privilege to free apartments, cars, pocket money and access to use our maintenance money as per his will. Check the records, they speaks facts.
Dec. 3, 2016, 10:33 am
Joe Moretti from Jamaica says:
Being from an immigrant family how came legally, I don't like the idea of people coming here illegally, but that is an issue that should have been dealt with properly decades ago, so for the one who are here illegally, lets get some FACTS for those ignorant people who don't know what they are talking about. Many Illegal immigrants pay taxes and pay into social security. Illegal immigrants cannot vote, cannot get welfare, medicaid, food stamps and other government programs. Most work hard at low-paying jobs that Americans don't want. Because they are here illegally most stay under the radar not causing problems or anything that would bring attention to them.

In the meantime, there are many Americans who collect welfare, food stamps, cause issues like crime, yet everyone wants to bring up things that are NOT FACTS about illegal immigrants.


Amazing how much people don't know today about FACTS, including our next president.
Dec. 3, 2016, 11:11 am
Douglas Friedrich from Whitestone says:
Joe Moretti, we both lived on welfare while growing up and our forefathers came to this country illegally. There is no difference between legals and illegals in the country. We both grew up in public housing and we both did commit petty crimes. Now we are older and still collecting some benefits. Its all good because one way or another, we are stuck with welfare life, food stamps and stand up to nothing with all the time in the world. That's the America for you and me. My brother Bob still collects benefits by taking advantage so it doesn't go to the illegals.
Dec. 3, 2016, 12:20 pm
Gregory from Bellerose says:
Bob Friedrich is a bully and arrogant bastard. Just ask anyone around. Every election is brought under his command to keep himself as the president of co-op. If the entire Queens knows this and setup a normal voting system Bob will lose surely. He lost the city council election five times. So there.
Dec. 4, 2016, 12:19 am
Tracey from Queens says:
I was one of the moderator for City Council debate. Before it started, Bob came up to me and threatened not to ask him about his tax returns or how he misused the co-op money. If I did, he told me he will trash me afterwards outside. I told my peers after he lost the election and they all distanced from Bob.
Dec. 4, 2016, 11 pm
Not a racist says:
Little addendum that I forgot earlier:
If Bob is telling the truth when he says:
"...I have been trying to terminate illegals living in Glen Oaks," he is violating city housing policy and could be prosecuted.
Dec. 4, 2016, 11:13 pm
get rid of them from queens says:
They are a cancer that is infecting our society. Deport as many as possible. Yes Joe some pay taxes, but who cares? If a criminal pays sales tax when he buys goods with money he should not have, he is yes you guessed it - STILL A CRIMINAL.
Dec. 5, 2016, 10:25 am
lekh tizdayen from Queens says:
Queens belongs to the Jews for people like me and Bob. We got rid of Hitler. Shouldn't be too hard to get rid of illegals.
Dec. 5, 2016, 6:42 pm
... says:
They are not a cancer. Maybe if you came out of your bubble of supposed victimisation, you'd see that. They're active, contributing and hard working members of our society.
They are also not criminals. Being here without proper paperwork is not a crime, and is not punishable by the criminal justice system.
I will not address the next comment, as it's sheer idiocy speaks for itself.
Dec. 5, 2016, 10:57 pm
Tracy DeJesus from Glen Oaks says:
Bob is a caniving man who took advantage of his presidency for the board. He is ignorant and arrogant, a lethal combination. He has thin skin like Donald Trump and goes around banging on peoples doors to fight with them everytime he hears a rumor about himself. He is a racist man and bullies women as well as residents who speak little or no English. Glen Oaks shareholders have not been able to get rid of him because he goes around and threatens everyone that wants to run against him. He owns multiple coops and gets access to free maintenance as well as all the freebies that goes with volunteering. He will not give up the freebies and has not worked in decades!!!! He is so arrogant, he needs to get out.
Jan. 17, 2017, 5:14 pm

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