By Alan W. Cohen
Cities are on welfare, and now they feel entitled. Sanctuary cities are crying foul as Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announced today (March 27, 2017) that they could lose federal funding if they fail to comply with conditions of the Department of Justice. Further, the nearly bankrupt state of California has hired Obama’s former Attorney General as their private counsel to make sure their gravy train of federal dollars keeps on trucking.
Here’s the deal California. When you joined the union, you entered into an Interstate Compact. Your citizens agreed that immigration belongs to Congress and the federal government. But it goes even further. Congress has the power of the purse and uses it to control local and state governments. If you want federal dollars, you have to comply. It’s called the Spending Power. Look it up. It’s in the Constitution. And tell your senator, Diane Feinstein, that the Constitution is not a living document, so it will not magically change into anything she wants it to be. It’s a contract between the states and the federal government. And it’s in writing.
So, for all you sanctuary cities and states addicted to federal dollars, put up or shut up. Do without the federal welfare that funds your police departments. Do your job without federal assistance. Then we’ll talk. Of course, Jeff Sessions might take the next big step, and have your public officials arrested for violating federal law. That would be funny, right?
But, seriously. You are truly addicted, and there is no rehab for cities or states. There is no 12-step program. So, please go to step one: Acceptance. Take your money and comply with the law. Your cities will be safer.
Attorney and Author Alan W. Cohen is the author of several books, the latest being, Private Vows: The Case for Ending State Regulation of Marriage and Divorce, available exclusively on Amazon.