“The President lacks the constitutional authority to cut off funding to states and cities simply because they have lawfully acted to protect immigrant families —as described in the legal guidance my office issued last week," Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wrote. "Local governments seeking to protect their immigrant communities from federal overreach have every right to do so."
“At a time when we should be embracing 21st century values, President Trump is foisting a 1950s agenda on America," Comptroller Scott Stringer wrote. "These actions don't reflect who we are as a nation, and they send exactly the wrong message to our children, our City, and the rest of the world. Banning refugees from war-torn countries, building a wall, and turning local police departments into deportation forces — all are antithetical to American values."
“Instead of building walls, we should be tearing down barriers. Instead of ripping families apart, we should be supporting them," he added later. "We should be encouraging more immigration —not less. These Executive Actions and threats to defund Sanctuary Cities simply take America backwards.”