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President Trump told Democrats this week that he will be demanding adjustment for sanctuary cities in order for their relief bill to be signed. Both parties are taking partisan paths toward the next round of passing emergency COVID-19 relief.
The Democrats are demanding at least $500 billion to spread across states drained by business shutdowns. Trump said his reasoning for adding this condition was because he didn't want to reward the Democrat-controlled states for their "25 years of bad management".
“If it’s COVID-related, I guess we can talk about it,” the president told reporters at the White House. “But we want certain things also, including sanctuary city adjustments. We have so many people in sanctuary cities, which I don’t even think are popular, even by radical left folks. People are being protected that shouldn’t be protected, and a lot of bad things are happening with sanctuary cities.”
Trump is also seeking policy to reduce the federal aid to cities and states that are providing sanctuary for illegal immigrants. This has never been raised as a condition for emergency relief. The Democrats are resisting these efforts.
The Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said in top of the $500 billion for states, they are requesting more funds for county and municipal governments. They'd also like more funding for Medicaid to assist those who need it.
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