Rev. Currie is a former student of mine,
Pacific's chaplain and the director of Pacific's Peace & Spirituality Center.
President Trump (gag) has threatened to freeze federal funds in those communities or states which declare themselves "sanctuary" cities or states. Oregon, as California, is a "sanctuary" state. So when this issue came up for a vote in our local city council by a 3-3 vote, the mayor's motion to declare us a "sanctuary" city was defeated despite overwhelming public testimony to do so. The fear is that we'd lose federal funding for our Senior Center.
Upon thinking about this since that vote, I remembered Nixon in the white heat of Watergate in 1973 tried to impound funds he opposed usurping the legislative function of the Congress. He lost his case in the courts (see below) and then Congress Passed a ban on impoundment in 1974. What Nixon forgot and Trump doesn't know is that we are a federal system with checks and balances. Also Trumpian blunder-buss is a selective threat to those units of state or local government who refuse to carry out his immigration policies.
The president is the "executor" of Congressional will and like a executor of a will he must faithfully execute Congressional intent.
A president cannot unilaterally by fiat stop funding to state or local jurisdictions without Congressional approval and he certainly can't do it "selectively" cherry picking jurisdictions to reward and/or punish. That would be an abuse of power, an impeachable act. This would be a violation of the equal protection clause and due process of law. It illustrates how ignorant the current occupant is of our history and traditions. The would be emperor has no clothes!