Congress will have “one heck of a battle” on its hands if it withholds terror funding from cities that don’t help the feds catch illegal immigrants, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned yesterday, the New York Daily News reports. At an immigration hearing held by Sens. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) and Edward Kennedy (D-Ma.), the mayor said city agencies can’t become an arm of the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
“We are not going to let Congress cut and run from New York City,” Bloomberg said. His choice of words seemed to be a jab at House Republicans, some of whom have characterized calls for pulling out of Iraq as a “cut-and-run” policy. The mayor said the city’s and the nation’s economy would collapse if illegal immigrants were deported en masse. Turning in illegal immigrants not suspected of further crimes would discourage them from reporting crimes and seeking food, shelter and medical attention, Bloomberg said.