Areas throughout the US where towns and counties are designated as “Sanctuary Cities” appeared to correlate with the Democrat vote in the 2016 presidential election, according to an analysis of election maps.
The trend is most noticeable up and down the west coast, in New Mexico and Colorado and in the northeast.
The blue vote in a sea of red is also apparent in northeastern Louisiana, southeastern Arkansas and Western Mississippi.
In Texas, where a majority of the state voted Republican, Travis and Dallas Counties – designated Sanctuary Cities according to the Center for Immigration Studies – both went blue.
Some of the same blue areas in the nation were also sites of major protests against President Elect Donald Trump Wednesday, primarily motivated by the George Soros-funded MoveOn.org.
“Within two hours of the call-to-action, MoveOn members had created more than 200 gatherings nationwide, with the number continuing to grow on Wednesday afternoon,” the organization said in a letter to followers – leading to protests and riots erupting across the nation including in Sanctuary Cities such as Austin, Los Angeles, Boston and New York City.
Although major sanctuary city hubs saw expected Democrat favoritism, Donald Trump’s grassroots following and populist message were able to stave off a blue takeover in the Midwest and successfully bring many areas over to the Republican side.
During an October speech in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Trump stated one of his goals during the first 100 days of his presidency would be to eliminate federal funding for Sanctuary Cities.