Judge Nap: Trump Will Lose in the Sanctuary City Fight Until Congress Acts
The sanctuary city debate is back in the spotlight after the mayor of Oakland, California, warned illegal immigrants that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) could soon be conducting raids in the area.
Libby Schaaf (D) shared the warning — which she said she “learned from multiple credible sources” — in a press release on Saturday, later claiming it was her "ethical obligation" to pass along the information.
— Libby Schaaf (@LibbySchaaf) February 25, 2018
On "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday, Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano said Schaaf's behavior is "wild and reckless," but not illegal.
"The reason it's not illegal is because the money that the city is receiving from the federal government is still coming from the Obama budget, and that budget does not have the string attached which says 'you want our money, you will comply with ICE,'" Napolitano explained.
He said President Trump will continue to "lose" these types of sanctuary city battles until his budget -- with that stipulation in place -- is adopted by Congress.
"So it's up to Congress?" Steve Doocy asked.
"Correct. It's up to a Republican-controlled Congress, so this should happen within months," Napolitano said.
Watch the full discussion above.