U.S. President Donald Trump’s attempt to strip municipalities of federal dollars for shielding illegal immigrants threatens $2.27 billion in annual funds for the nation’s ten largest cities, a Reuters analysis of federal grants found.
Trump plans to make good on his campaign pledge to block federal funding to states and cities where local law enforcement refuse to report undocumented immigrants they encounter to federal authorities, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said.
“The American people are no longer going to have to be forced to subsidize this disregard for our laws,” Spicer said.
Spicer said an executive order signed by Trump on Wednesday directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to look at federal funding to cities to figure out “how we can defund those streams.”
Mayors and city councils of those cities have said that they will not be pressured to report illegal immigrants to federal agents. For a graphic of risks to sanctuary cities, see: http://tmsnrt.rs/2jSYT4I
While Trump has the authority to cut some kinds of funding to the cities, cuts to other federal funding would require an act of Congress.
Reuters analyzed federal grant records to tally the estimated federal funding at risk among the 10 largest cities which totaled an estimated $2.27 billion.
The total amount remains unclear, as federal money can be filtered through state governments or granted directly to social-service organizations or other groups.
The numbers do not include federal money for law enforcement, which was excluded in the executive order, and programs like Medicaid, which are administered by state governments.
Though details remain vague, the order could jeopardize billions of dollars in housing, health, education and other types of federal aid.
Among the funds at risk are $460 million that the federal government gave out to fund Head Start pre-school programs in the 10 largest ‘sanctuary cities’ in the most recent fiscal year, the analysis found.
Washington also sent $238 million to municipalities to fund airport improvements and $153 million for HIV prevention and relief.
Local governments in Los Angeles County, for example, received $582 million in federal aid in the most recent fiscal year. That aid included $207 million for the Head Start preschool program, $70 million last year for airport improvements, and $114 million for community development funds used for housing and other needs.
GEEEEEEEEEEEEZZZZ You shouldn't have to threaten and bribe representatives to just DO THEIR JOB.
Give the money to cities in the same states that are willing to follow already existing Federal Laws on immigration. Most people living in large cities have not voted for sanctuary status for their city or would they if given a chance to do so. If the mayor is foolhardy enough to jeopardize the population of his city for what he thinks is a noble idea he does not understand the American psychi. Therefore, obvious solution is not to punish the city but put the mayor in jail for willfully disobeying federal law. The city will appoint an interim mayor to run the city while the noble mayor sits in jail. Let the noble mayor out of jail when he understands that Federal law preempts State and local laws.
Trump should impose a 20% to 30% tax/surcharge on $$ xfered electronically by illegals back to their native country. That would help pay for the wall.
The Federal government should not be funding individual cities in the first place.
Only in America does this bullshit exist in every other country there is one national policy. Also Israel build a wall in Southern Israel and it worked.