California Threatens to Stop Paying Federal Taxes if Trump Cuts Funding to Sanctuary Cities

It looks like President Trump just messed with the wrong state. And California just might have the upper hand.

Just last week President Trump signed an executive order that would withhold federal funding from any municipalities who continue to serve as “sanctuary cities,” or cities that choose not to deport their population of undocumented immigrants. More specifically, it states cities “that fail to comply with applicable Federal law do not receive Federal funds, except as mandated by law.”

Critics of the order have called it “sloppy” at best, “unconstitutional” at worst. But by signing the order in the manner he did, as quickly as he did, without any thoughtful dialogue, really pissed some folks off. And while some cities have said they would comply with the order, others, like Boston, Massachusetts, have said ‘We Will Use City Hall Itself To Shelter Anyone Who Is Targeted Unjustly.’

But the Trump Administration’s unconstitutional overreach didn’t just piss off one or two cities in California. They pissed the whole state off. And the interesting thing about that, is that California is what’s known as a “donor state.” In simple terms, that means that California pays more money into the federal system than they receive back. Which puts them at a huge advantage.

Should California choose to forego paying federal taxes to the United States government, so long as they figured out how to reallocate the funds appropriately, they could actually come out on top.

San Francisco area station KPIX reported this story on January 27. They took a statement from former State Speaker, Willie Brown Jr., who said, “California could very well become an organized non-payer. They could recommend non-compliance with the federal tax code.”

This would be an unprecedented move in American history, the ramifications of which are still being studied.

To watch the story from KPIX, click below:


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