Lawmakers: Stripping funding from sanctuary cities would be dangerous

Some New Jersey lawmakers say they are in a difficult position when it comes to a feud between President Donald Trump and Garden State mayors who refuse to give up their statuses as sanctuary cities.

The president has vowed to take away federal funding from cities that shield immigrants from imprisonment based on their legal status.

But mayors of many cities have defied that order and have officially declared their cities as safe, including Jersey City, Newark and Prospect Park.

Republican Gov. Chris Christie has taken Trump's side on the issue, but many Republican legislators say they are caught in the middle.

Republican Assembly Leader Jon Bramnick says he cannot support the threat to take away federal funding from New Jersey's cities.

"It's one of the most dangerous conflicts that we can have where mayors stand on one side, the president stands on the other side and I would hope we work that out," Bramnick says.

Bramnick says he wants to see compromise and a special session on terrorism. He says mayors need to have access to homeland security, not just at the state level, because of the threats from homegrown extremism.

"The goal is to fight terrorism, it's not to fight immigrants," Bramnick says.

Bramnick and New Jersey's other top State House leaders all spoke Wednesday at a forum with the state's mayors. The leaders all agreed that it would be a struggle to support sanctuaries cities if federal funding is stripped.

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