BOSTON GLOBE: Mayor Walsh takes on Trump, a rivalry brews in Georgia, and more
As originally appearing in The Boston Globe

BY JON CHESTO

Bracing for a fight: Marty Walsh knows there’s safety in numbers.

Walsh has made a point of working with nearby cities on a regional economic strategy. But Boston’s mayor came to the New England Council this morning to talk to the business group about a new level of cooperation, one necessitated by the sea change in Washington.

He’s seeking support for the Affordable Care Act and to shield immigrants who make up an important part of Greater Boston’s workforce. “The new reality,” he said, “[means] we have to double down on our values.”

Walsh pledged to work with other big-city mayors toward these goals, including Republicans whose constituents could be hurt by President Donald Trump’s policies.

The speech took place a day after Walsh and other mayors expressed outrage over Trump’s declaration that federal funds should be stripped from cities that don’t help the feds deport immigrants. Walsh wants to keep more talented immigrants here, not chase them away.

Walsh said he’s in constant communication with officials in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle and other cities, and he vowed Boston would play a lead role in any legal action over the issue. Boston, he said, gets about $500 million a year in federal funds, though it’s not clear how much of that could be blocked.

The mayor said he would prefer to work cooperatively with Trump. But he also realizes a fight could be brewing, and he knows that there’s not just safety in numbers, there’s power.

Jon Chesto is a Globe reporter. Reach him at jon.chesto@globe.com and follow him on Twitter@jonchesto.

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