Last night I joined Rachel Maddow for a live interview regarding President-elect Trump’s threats to cut federal funding to Minneapolis and other cities that are putting public safety before politics.
As I told Rachel, any loss of federal funding could have significant impacts on services for our residents. But the stakes are higher than just money. Public safety and the very foundation of our democracy are at stake. If we sacrifice those principles, if we sacrifice our public safety for the sake of those dollars, we’ve got a lot bigger problems.
I don’t use the term “sanctuary city” because I don’t want to give people the impression that we have more levers than we do at our disposal. But what I do say, and it is important to continue to make clear, is that our police officers are not going to enforce federal immigration law. It’s not their job and it undercuts the primary purpose of their job, which is public safety.
When our police officers don’t ask people about their immigration status, they’re not breaking any laws, they’re doing their job. They are making sure we are keeping Minneapolis as safe as we can.