Despite winning most of the counties in the country outside of big metropolitan areas, President Trump is facing defiance from big city Democrat mayors. Just before his inauguration, Trump was the target of a manifesto from mayors who advocate the so-called “sanctuary” movement in which local jurisdictions limit their cooperation with federal authorities seeking cooperation in holding aliens temporarily in order to enforce immigration law. 
 
The Statement from Mayors and County Executives on our Commitment to Immigrant Communities was sent by 100 local leaders from among the bluest areas of the electoral map who belong to Cities for Action. They have vowed to fight Trump in his effort to compel compliance with federal immigration law while he advances towards the eventual arrest and deportation of criminal aliens.
 
Among their demands:
 
Continue Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for people from a variety of countries, including conflictive Yemen and Somalia, even though the conditions that triggered the status may have occurred decades ago.
 
Protect illegal aliens who benefited from President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program (even though there is no evidence that the Trump administration intends to target them for enforcement).
 
Dismantle the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) program which keeps track of foreign nationals from countries known to harbor terrorists. President Obama discontinued the program in December, even though there is no evidence that it led to profiling or unfair treatment.
 
No renewal of enforcement actions by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement service. According the Federation on American Immigration Reform, the Obama administration ceased virtually all interior and workplace action against illegal aliens and their employers. “These very effective actions,” wrote a statement by FAIR, “helped free up jobs for American workers at the end of the Bush administration and deterred illegal immigration.”
 
FAIR wrote: “The mayors want to ensure that the de facto federal sanctuary policies of the Obama administration remain in place and vow to set up legal defense funds for illegal aliens if President Trump enforces the law.
 
Pass a massive amnesty bill.
 
FAIR wrote in its statement, “Ironically, after eight years of cheering on partisan unilateral executive actions by President Obama, the mayors and county executives are now calling on President Trump to seek bipartisan consensus on any actions he might take.
 
Here follows a list of the mayors who belong to Cities for Action:
 
Kathy Sheehan, Mayor of Albany, NY
Allison Silberberg, Mayor of Alexandria, VA
Ed Pawlowski, Mayor of Allentown, PA
Ethan Berkowitz, Mayor of Anchorage, AK
Christopher Taylor, Mayor of Ann Arbor, MI
Paul Pitino, Mayor of Arcata, CA
Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta, GA
Steve Adler, Mayor of Austin, TX
Catherine E. Pugh, Mayor of Baltimore, MD
Ali Saleh, Mayor of Bell, CA
William A. Bell, Sr., Mayor of Birmingham, AL
John Hamilton, Mayor of Bloomington, IN
David Bieter, Mayor of Boise, ID
Martin J. Walsh, Mayor of Boston, MA
Joe Ganim, Mayor of Bridgeport, CT
Tony Martinez, Mayor of Brownsville, TX
Byron Brown, Mayor of Buffalo, NY
E. Denise Simmons, Mayor of Cambridge, MA
Lydia Lavelle, Mayor of Carrboro, NC
James Diossa, Mayor of Central Falls, RI
Jennifer Roberts, Mayor of Charlotte, NC
Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago, IL
Edward Terry, Mayor of Clarkston, GA
Andrew Ginther, Mayor of Columbus, OH
Stephen K. Benjamin, Mayor of Columbia, SC
Roger Foster, Mayor of Crete, NE
Mike Rawlings, Mayor of Dallas, TX
Robb Davis, Mayor of Davis, CA
Nan Whaley, Mayor of Dayton, OH
Michael B. Hancock, Mayor of Denver, CO
Frank Cownie,  Mayor of Des Moines, IA
Michael E. Duggan, Mayor of Detroit, MI
Riley Rogers, Mayor of Dolton, IL
Luigi Boria, Mayor of Doral, FL
William "Bill" Bell, Mayor of Durham, NC
Nathan Triplett, Mayor of East Lansing, MI
Dianne Martinez, Mayor of Emeryville, CA
Elizabeth Tisdahl, Mayor of Evanston, IL
Richard Garcia, Mayor of Edinburg, TX
Pete Lindstrom, Mayor of Falcon Heights, MN
Karen Freeman-Wilson, Mayor of Gary, IN
Domenick Stampone, Mayor of Haledon, NJ 
Karen Majewski, Mayor of Hamtramck, MI
Luke Bronin, Mayor of Hartford, CT
Wayne J. Hall, Mayor of Hempstead, NY
Nancy R. Rotering, Mayor of Highland Park, IL
Dawn Zimmer, Mayor of Hoboken, NJ 
Alex Morse, Mayor of Holyoke, MA
Sylvester Turner, Mayor of Houston, TX
Steve Williams, Mayor of Huntington, WV
Svante L. Myrick, Mayor of Ithaca, NY
Tony Yarber, Mayor of Jackson, MS
Steven Fulop, Mayor of Jersey City, NJ
Bobby Hopewell, Mayor of Kalamazoo, MI 
Mark Holland, Mayor of Kansas City, KS
Sly James, Mayor of Kansas City, MO
Madeline Rogero, Mayor of Knoxville, TN
Virg Bernero, Mayor of Lansing, MI
Ken Miyagishima, Mayor of Las Cruces, NM
Mark Stodola, Mayor of Little Rock, AR
Rodrigo Espinoza, Mayor of Livingston, CA 
Robert Garcia, Mayor of Long Beach, CA
Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles, CA
Paul Soglin, Mayor of Madison, WI
Tomás Regalado, Mayor of Miami, FL
Daniel T. Drew, Mayor of Middletown, CT
Tom Barrett, Mayor of Milwaukee, WI
Betsy Hodges, Mayor of Minneapolis, MN
Toni Harp, Mayor of New Haven, CT
Michael Passero, Mayor of New London, CT
Mitch Landrieu, Mayor of New Orleans, LA
Noah Bramson, Mayor of New Rochelle, NY
Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City, NY
Ras Baraka, Mayor of Newark, NJ
Setti D. Warren, Mayor of Newton, MA
Paul Dyster, Mayor of Niagara Falls, NY
Smith Joseph, Mayor of North Miami, FL
Marian McClellan, Mayor of Oak Park, MI 
Libby Schaaf, Mayor of Oakland, CA
Buddy Dyer, Mayor of Orlando, FL
Jose Torres, Mayor of Paterson, NJ
Frank Ortiz, Mayor of Pembroke Pines, FL
Jim Kenney, Mayor of Philadelphia, PA
Greg Stanton, Mayor of Phoenix, AZ
William Peduto, Mayor of Pittsburgh, PA
Adrian O. Mapp, Mayor of Plainfield, NJ
Kurt R. Metzger, Mayor of Pleasant Ridge, MI
Charlie Hales, Mayor of Portland, OR
Liz Lempert, Mayor of Princeton, NJ
Jorge Elorza, Mayor of Providence, RI
John Dickert, Mayor of Racine, WI 
Tom Butt, Mayor of Richmond, CA
Lovely A. Warren, Mayor of Rochester, NY
Christine Dansereau, Mayor of Roselle, NJ
Kevin Johnson, Mayor of Sacramento, CA
Chris Coleman, Mayor of Saint Paul, MN
Jackie Biskupski, Mayor of Salt Lake City, UT
Joel Fajardo, Mayor of San Fernando, CA
Ed Lee, Mayor of San Francisco, CA
Sam Liccardo, Mayor of San Jose, CA
Miguel Pulido, Mayor of Santa Ana, CA
Javier Gonzales, Mayor of Santa Fe, NM
Tony Vazquez, Mayor of Santa Monica, CA
Gary McCarthy, Mayor of Schenectady, NY
Ed Murray, Mayor of Seattle, WA
George Van Dusen, Mayor of Skokie, IL
Joseph A. Curtatone, Mayor of Somerville, MA
Pete Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend, IN
Francis G. Slay, Mayor of St. Louis, MO 
Elizabeth Goreham, Mayor of State College, PA
Michael Ryan, Mayor of Sunrise, FL
Stephanie Miner, Mayor of Syracuse, NY
Marilyn Strickland, Mayor of Tacoma, WA
Andrew Gillum, Mayor of Tallahassee, FL
Bob Buckhorn, Mayor of Tampa, FL
Eric Jackson, Mayor of Trenton, NJ
Brian Stack, Mayor of Union City, NJ
Muriel Bowser, Mayor of Washington, D.C.
Fredrick Sykes, Mayor of West Covina, CA
Lindsey Horvath, Mayor of West Hollywood, CA
Jeri Muoio, Mayor of West Palm Beach, FL
Charles Smith, Mayor of Woodmere, OH
Mike Spano, Mayor of Yonkers, NY
C. Kim Bracey, Mayor of York, PA
Alameda County, CA
Arlington County, VA
Coconino County, AZ
Cook County, IL
Dallas County, TX
El Paso County, TX
Los Angeles County, CA
Board of Lucas County Commissioners, Lucas County, OH 
Marin County, CA
Montgomery County, MD
Prince George's County, MD
Jim McDonough, County Commissioner of Ramsey County, MN
San Mateo County, CA
Santa Clara County, CA
The Board of Supervisors of Santa Cruz County, AZ
Sonoma County, CA
Sarah Eckhardt, County Judge of Travis County, TX
Union County, NJ
Washtenaw County, MI
Yolo County, CA
Ali Saleh, Mayor of Bell, CA


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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