By Liam Martin

BOSTON (CBS) – The debate over so-called sanctuary cities is heating up in Massachusetts. Several cities including Boston, Cambridge and Somerville do not fully cooperate with immigration officials. And with Donald Trump’s promise to deport undocumented immigrants, defying the soon to be president could be costly.

“What we’re going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably two million, it could be even three million, we are getting them out of our country,” said President-Elect Trump on 60 Minutes giving details of his first steps.

Trump also vows to move against sanctuary cities financially, places where authorities will not detain undocumented people for the immigration service without criminal warrants. “We will cancel all federal funding to sanctuary cities,” Trump threatens.

His hardline stance is causing some sanctuary cities to push back and reaffirm their status. “Boston is a sanctuary city,” says Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson.

Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson (WBZ-TV)

Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson (WBZ-TV)

He’s worried that undocumented residents will be afraid to go to the police for help, or even send their kids to school. “The police department, if you call them and you need help they will help you, and they will not turn you in to the Feds,” Jackson says.

Mayor Walsh appears to be staying the course as well, saying in a statement: “We are a welcoming city for all. These are Boston values and no policy will change them.”

Not everyone agrees. “It’s no secret that these criminal illegal aliens and terrorists are looking for places to go where they are least likely to be caught,” says Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson.

He says sanctuary cities are breaking federal law. “What’s really troubling about this is that any elected official in this country would suggest that there should be a certain class of people who do not have to abide by our laws,” Hodgson says.

And that’s the crux of the debate, one that is destined to grow as the new president, with a new agenda takes office.

Comments (163)
  1. I don’t get it. So these cities don’t want to cooperate with deporting or prosecuting illegal aliens guilty of committing felonies? This is absurd. I’m all for LEGAL immigration and finding a sensible/fair compromise for the illegals that have been here for 10 years or more as long as they don’t have criminal records. Liberalism truly is a mental disorder. At the end of the day, all of these cities are breaking our Federal Immigration Laws. Then gain, Liberals hate America in it’s sovereignty and national sense. They want open borders like Europe. If only they would listen and look at all the crime, chaos,and uncontrollable expenses associate with open borders and illegals.

  2. Steve Neely says:

    Trump’s first executive order should grant temporary federal sanctuary to illegals residing in these sanctuary cities followed by a note to the mayors suggesting that they be careful what they wish for.

  3. Money doesn’t talk, it Screams. A De-funded Boston maintains no ‘allure’.

  4. Cease providing Boston federal funds.

  5. Raul Ybarra says:

    That’s nice of you to help us know who’s funding gets cut.

  6. That will work for as long as it takes for Trump to shut off federal funds to all of the programs in Massachusetts… Have fun with that, you flunking flags!!!

  7. Ed (@Koedo) says:

    Mayor Walsh of Boston will fall into line just as he’s told to do.

    There’s no regard for the safety of the citizens of Boston or the enormous financial pressure illegals put on hospitals, schools and social services. As long as the Progressive fools can advance their political agendas, all is well.

  8. Then Boston can join LA and Chicago in losing all federal funding.

  9. Then you are violating federal law and will be arrested and prosecuted. There, now how hard was that? Perhaps your replacement will take a different view of things, and if he chooses to violate federal law, then HIS replacement will view things differently. There is plenty of room in federal prisons for lawbreakers like you morons.

  10. jdp…If the Mayor can guarantee no one will be shot at, wounded or killed by the illegal criminals in his city other, wise pay 10 million for each one shot a,t hurt or killed because he is willfully disregarding 60 plus million Americans that want our cities cleaned up of crime

  11. The heat will slowly be turned up on these frogs. These city leaders may even be tried for treason at some point. Withholding funding, fines, there are many ways to punish those that want to rebel.

  12. Mike Morales says:

    We should all agree the criminal alien has no business here, period. The law abiding, with a work history should be just fine. The mayors of sanctuary cities need to start looking for honest jobs elsewhere.

  13. As Justice Kennedy wrote in the 2012 decision in Arizona v. United States: “The Government of the Unit­ed States has broad, undoubted power over the subject of immi­gration and the status of aliens. … This authority rests, in part, on the National Government’s con­stitutional power to “establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization,” U. S. Const., Art. I, §8, cl. 4, and its inherent power as sovereign to control and conduct relations with foreign nations….”. Liberals cheered when the Supreme Court struck down attempts by Arizona, Alabama, and others to control immigration into their states but are now singing a different tune should the federal government attempt to actually enforce those laws over which the Supreme Court recognizes federal supremacy. Here’s the deal: if cities get to decide whether they will comply with federal immigration law, states should have the authority to impose and enforce their own immigration law. You can’t have it both ways.

  14. Lulua Mahalo says:

    Go ahead, make my day!

    These cities will lose their US government handouts and the criminal illegals will be deported anyway.

    If city officials obstruct or aid criminals, they are violating our laws and should be arrested as well.


  15. …and we can cut your Federal money off.

    We need some fat to trim from this hog anyway and we can start with you. :)

  16. Ha ha ha… and watch all your federal funding dry up, along with all of the heavy equipment you [used to] get from the US Government. Hehehehe I LOVE IT!!!

  17. Max McByte says:

    Build The Wall
    Make It tall
    And Send Them Back
    Once And For All!

    Then crack down on the abuse of the 14th Amendment.

    Have a nice day…

  18. Jeffrey Gee says:

    Sad, the birthplace of our revolution is reduced to this by commies from the 60’s infiltrating our government offices…

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