On Monday, at the behest of President Donald Trump, the Justice Department threatened to take federal funds away from cities choosing not to enforce federal immigration laws, prompting many sanctuary city mayors to publicly attack the White House’s policy.
“If they actually act to take away our money, we’ll see them in court,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, according to a report by Fox News.
“We will fight to protect the safety and dignity of all Angelenos,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “We will work closely with our representatives in Congress to make sure that Los Angeles does not go without federal resources that help protect millions of people every day.”
On Saturday, conservative commentator Ann Coulter appeared on Fox News Channel’s “Watters’ World” to discuss the mayors’ defiance, and in classic Coulter style, she made plain the liberal mayors’ hypocritical position.
“Do you think more needs to be done?” Watters asked Coulter.
“A lot more federal funds could be withheld,” Coulter said. “Congress may need to pass a law to allow other federal funds to be withheld. There are certain categories of them that the attorney general is able to withhold, but, I mean the IRS used tax policy to dictate the dating policies at Bob Jones University. Oh no, the federal government can have a very big impact on not only private schools, but on cities and towns.”
“Remember, it was Liddy Dole who changed the national speed limit to 55 mph, by threatening to give them highway funds,” Coulter continued. “But the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution says federal laws are supreme over state law. It’s treated like a ratchet. So, if it’s a federal law liberals like—like, we shall have one national abortion law, abortion will be legal—that must be enforced.”
Coulter says immigration laws necessarily fall under the authority of the federal government.
“But when it comes to things that are, by definition, laws that the federal government ought to be dealing with—immigration, I mean you can’t contain immigration to a single city or a single state. They can walk around,” said Coulter. “They can go from one town to the next to kill people. … Of course, immigration is a federal responsibility.”
Watters and Coulter also discussed the hypocrisy of liberals’ views on gun rights and tax laws, among other policy areas. If a city or state wanted to disregard certain federal laws pertaining to guns, abortion, or taxes, Watters and Coulter argued, liberals would never allow it.
Congress has yet to announce whether it will help Trump pull funding from sanctuary cities, and it remains unclear exactly how much funding can be taken away from sanctuary cities by the federal government.