The Associated Press has reported that, in the wake of President Trump’s crack-down on sanctuary cities, mayors from across the country boycotted a scheduled White House meeting during last week’s 86th annual winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Among those who chose to defy the boycott and accept the president’s offer was the City of San Bernardino’s Mayor, Carey Davis.
White House spokesperson Lindsay Walters told the AP, they were “disappointed” that so many mayors had decided to make a “political stunt” rather than participate in what she defined as “an important discussion with the president and his administration.”
Walters further stressed, “President Trump is committed to tackling the challenges facing this country,” and that the president looked forward to visiting with a “large” bi-partisan group of mayors who represent rural and urban municipalities.
Despite the president’s expressed wish for a large bi-partisan meeting, several Democratic mayors elected not to accept his invitation. The snub was in response to a recent letter from the Attorney General’s office sent to sanctuary cities across the country. The letter ratcheted up the administration’s threat to withhold federal funding from them unless they decried their sanctuary city status, and instead supported the federal government in removing immigrants who do not have the appropriate paperwork.
In the feedback Davis has provided about the conference to date, he noted the president’s 15-minute talk was largely focused on the stock market, unemployment, and job creation.
Davis also noted the three-day event gave him an opportunity to share with his peers regarding San Bernardino’s progress in curtailing homelessness, as well as note that many of the strategies implemented locally appear to be in alignment with best practices in select cities across the country.
At least three other inland area mayors attended the D.C. conference, including Acquanetta Warren of Fontana, Deborah Robertson of Rialto, and Crystal Ruiz of San Jacinto.
Davis has committed to providing a full-throated review of the three-day winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors during this month’s meeting of the San Bernardino City Council.