Dem Rep: Defunding Sanctuary Cities Is Like ‘Putting a Gun to the Head of Americans’

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Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D., N.Y.), the first former illegal immigrant in Congress, argued on CNN's "New Day" Tuesday morning that the Trump administration's plan to defund cities that refuse to enforce federal immigration laws was the equivalent of putting a gun to the head of the American people.

"This is a serious threat to the security of Americans throughout the country and particularly New York City, which is the largest, safest city in America," Espaillat said.

"By yanking funding away and clawing back funding away from law enforcement, we're putting average Americans at risk," Espaillat said. "In fact, it's almost like putting a gun in the head of Americans and playing Russian roulette."

"This is egregious, and this is something that shouldn't happen," he concluded.

Alex Griswold

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Alex is a staff writer at the Washington Free Beacon. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2012. Before joining the Free Beacon, he was a writer for Mediaite and The Daily Caller. He is originally from Buffalo, New York, but regrettably now lives in Washington, D.C. He can be reached at griswold@freebeacon.com

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