White House: Trump may pull funding from ‘sanctuary cities,’ aid Chicago’s anti-violence efforts

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is signing two executive orders in keeping with campaign promises to boost border security and crack down on immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.

The executive orders jumpstart construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall, and strip funding for so-called sanctuary cities, which don't arrest or detain immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.

In a White House press briefing Wednesday, press secretary Sean Spicer said the White House is also looking for ways to assist with fighting violence in Chicago.

On sanctuary cities, Spicer said the White House is looking for ways it could "strip federal grant money from sanctuary states and cities that harbor illegal immigrants." Chicago is considered a sanctuary city, although it remains unclear exactly what funding could be affected.

Spicer also addressed what Trump meant when he tweeted that he would "send in the Feds” if Chicago doesn't address issues with violence in the city. Spicer said they are looking at what additional Federal resources can be provided to help police in the streets.

"No American should feel like you can't walk down the streets of this city," Spicer said.

The White House also distanced itself from a draft executive order that would lead to a major review of America's methods for interrogating terror suspects and the possible reopening of CIA-run "black site" prisons outside the United States.

Spokesman Sean Spicer said the draft "is not a White House document." He says he has "no idea where it came from."

The AP obtained the draft order from a U.S. official, who said it had been distributed by the White House for consultations before Trump signs it. The official wasn't authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity.

The order would also reverse America's commitment to closing the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and instruct the Pentagon to send newly captured "enemy combatants" to the site.


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