President Donald Trump has made his stance on sanctuary cities clear during both his campaign, and within days of taking office, when he signed off on an executive order aiming to deny federal funds to cities that keep their sanctuary status. A number of mayors of the biggest sanctuary cities (Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Seattle, and many others) have banded together in defiance.
Just 106 of the nation’s sanctuary cities receive a total of $27 billion in federal funding (with New York City being the largest recipient at $7.6 billion, and Chicago the second largest with $5.3 billion), so clearly there’s a lot of money at stake. Enough money to fund the completion of the US-Mexico border, to be specific. The focus on sanctuary cities is important, because it’s where the nation’s illegals disproportionately live, with the Pew Research Center estimating that 61 percent of the nation’s illegals living in just twenty sanctuary cities.
But when it comes to the threats that sanctuary cities face (in addition to the illegal immigrant crime they welcome in with open arms), Trump may not be the only one mayors have to worry about. They may find their own citizens voting with their feet – because few people actually want to live in sanctuary cities.
According to Breitbart, in a new Rasmussen poll, only 35 percent of Americans said they would like to live in a community that declared itself a “sanctuary city” while 52 percent would not. Some 14 percent were on the fence.
Working-class Americans are least likely to favor living in a sanctuary city, with only 25 percent supporting the idea and 63 percent opposing.
Wealthy Americans, on the other hand, are the most likely to support living in a sanctuary city. Forty-one percent stated support for sanctuary cities and 40 percent opposed the idea.
Even Americans who identify themselves as “liberal” are split on the issue. Roughly 54 percent say they would want to live in one, while 34 percent stand opposed.
And for the liberals screaming “racist” right about now, black Americans are less likely to support sanctuary policies than whites. A minority of 34 percent black voters and 36 percent of whites Americans feel the same.
The Rasmussen poll supports previous polling results, where 74 percent of voters from one of the most liberal states, California, said sanctuary city policies should be ended.
Most people oppose sanctuary cities, and even fewer people want to live in one.
What are sanctuary city mayors thinking? Not only are they on the wrong side of public opinion, that problem is only going to compound when their city’s federal funding goes to zero.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]