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Via America’s Lawyer: Mike Papantonio talks with Anya Parampil about how sanctuary cities are becoming the new target for anti-immigration lawsuits.


Well, immigration, look. You’re going to see a lot of lawsuits that have already started to develop. That would probably be my second call on where we’re going to see the trend going and where we’re seeing the trend already develop this year. This distinction between the two different camps, one camp, for example, you’ve got the immigration reform law institution. You are going to see them filing lawsuits at a breakneck speed throughout this country. And they’re going to be saying, sanctuary cities, you don’t have the right to do this to taxpayers. You don’t have the right to bring in immigrants and house immigrants. And they’re going to be arguing [inaudible 00:00:37], you’re affecting health. You don’t have enough money to pay for law enforcement. There’s not enough money to pay for housing. These lawsuits are going to start at a breakneck speed because of the message that Sessions is sending to America. And that is immigration is a huge problem. We’ve got to do something about it.

And even though you have sanctuary cities, people like Rahm Emanuel saying Chicago’s a sanctuary city, we’re going to remain a sanctuary city, you’re going to see a lot of lawsuits that are saying, well, it may be a sanctuary city, but this is a unfunded mandate that you are putting on the taxpayers. And in an unfunded mandate, we have the right to come back in. You’re going to see very conservative organizations like Immigration Reform Law Institute filing lawsuits like that all over the country because Sessions is leading the charge. It all flows from the top, Anya.

Mike Papantonio is an American attorney and television and radio talk show host. He is past president of The National Trial Lawyers, the most prestigious trial lawyer association in America; and is one of the few living attorneys inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. He hosts the international television show "America's Lawyer"; and co-hosts Ring of Fire Radio, a nationally syndicated weekly radio program, with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Sam Seder.