In a brief moment of sanity last week, Michigan’s capitol city reluctantly realized that it was in their best interest to comport with reality. Just nine days after the city council voted to make Lansing a sanctuary for illegal aliens they reversed themselves.
As Hot Air reported, there were a couple different factors influencing the 180. Immediately after the original April 3rd vote ~
… three GOP members of Congress from Michigan denounced the move in no uncertain terms. Rep. Mike Bishop, whose district includes Lansing, called it “completely reckless,” adding that it “sends a dangerous message that local governments or individuals can simply pick and choose which laws they wish to follow.”
Then of course, money always talks ~
(W)hat did get their attention was the more than six million dollars in federal money which the city receives each year. On top of that, Bishop reminded them that there is currently a bill being considered in the state legislature which would shut off state level funds to sanctuary cities as well. That’s a pretty big hole to blow in the budget of a city which is already having trouble paying its bills.
(T)he City Council members might have noticed the unexpectedly large number of people who showed up at the next meeting wearing their Make America Great Again hats and looking rather displeased. Thinking back to November, the area around Lansing actually overperformed for Trump, not to mention the Republicans running for Congress.
Good to see there are still enough of my fellow Michiganders who prefer government to do its primary job; protect citizens from criminals, and enforce the laws on the books. So do most U.S. voters ~ Poll (February): Americans overwhelmingly oppose sanctuary cities ~
An overwhelming majority of Americans believe that cities that arrest illegal immigrants for crimes should be required to turn them over to federal authorities.
The poll shows that President Trump has broad public support in his effort to crack down on sanctuary cities.
A survey from Harvard–Harris Poll provided exclusively to The Hill found that 80 percent of voters say local authorities should have to comply with the law by reporting to federal agents the illegal immigrants they come into contact with.