The Trump administration’s emphasis this week on quashing sanctuary cities’ efforts to shelter immigrants without legal permission ricocheted through the New Jersey governor’s race.
Democrats vowed to push back against President Donald Trump, setting up a potential showdown over federal funding that the GOP president says is on the line. Republicans, meanwhile, criticize sanctuary cities and question their purpose.
The issue was prominently featured this week when Attorney General Jeff Sessions reiterated administration policy to strip funding for sanctuary communities.
Sanctuary cities are generally defined as communities that refuse to cooperate with federal efforts to find and deport immigrants in the country illegally. New Jersey has a handful of sanctuary cities and counties, including Jersey City and Newark along with Union County.