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By Kody Fairfield

In an interview Sunday, President Donald Trump expressed that he will not “rule out” defunding the entire state of California if it declares statewide sanctuary status for illegal immigrants.

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly asked the President for his thoughts about the proposed law, SB 54, during an exclusive pre-Super Bowl interview Sunday.

“I think it’s ridiculous — sanctuary cities. As you know I’m very much opposed to sanctuary cities. They breed crime. There’s a lot of problems,” Trump said.

“If we have to we’ll defund. We give tremendous amounts of money to California. California in many ways is out of control. Obviously the voters agree. Otherwise they wouldn’t have voted for me,” the president added.

“So defunding is your weapon of choice —” O’Reilly followed up.

“Well, it’s a weapon. I don’t want to defund a state or a city,” Trump replied.

“But you’re willing to do it?” O’Reilly asked again.

“I don’t want to defund anybody. I want to give them the money they need to properly operate as a city or state. If they’re going to have sanctuary cities, we may have to do that. Certainly, that would be a weapon,” Trump said.


The comments come just a short time after the President explained that he would  “employ all lawful means” to enforce existing immigration laws in sanctuary cities, including the withholding of federal funds.

With a supermajority of Democrats controlling the state of California’s law making, a bill, SB 54, which would turn the nation’s most populous state into a border to border sanctuary for illegal immigrants. California is already known for its larger cities such as, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sacramento enacting such policies, but if the bill survives, this would be the first time in history that an entire state did so.

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Not shockingly, the state’s Senate Public Safety Committee voted 5-2 along party lines to approve the measure, the Associated Press reported.

After passing committee, the bill has been forwarded to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

California receives about $1.2 billion per year from the federal government. The state applies the money toward services such as housing, health and social services and homeless aid, the AP reported.

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Kody Fairfield

Kody Fairfield, 26, hails from Orange County, California. He attended the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse pursuing his degree in Political Science and Public Administration. Kody found his passion in politics early, connecting first to our third President, Thomas Jefferson, but expanding into activism with his introduction to the Paul (Ron and Rand) family. In 2016, Kody was a delegate for the Libertarian National Convention, and helped to support Austin Petersen in his bid for the nomination. As a staunch believer in free markets, individual rights, and limited government, Kody began writing for Liberty Viral and The Libertarian Republic in 2016. In January of 2017, Kody was named the Editor-in-Chief of TLR and currently holds the Ambassador At-Large Chair for the Libertarian Party of Orange County, Ca. He believes that with the right messaging, the ideas of liberty will continue to grow. When Kody isn't politicking, he is busy managing a CrossFit gym, or spending time with family, friends and his dog.

  • watcher

    Hey Dumb ass. California is the 5th biggest economy in the world and we pay more federal tax dollars than anyone. You dumb ass motherfuckers need to sit down in timeout while the parents pay the bills. Or get spanked HARD.