Report: Amount Taxpayers Spend to Fund Sanctuary Cities

Contributed by Jill Cueni-Cohen

President Trump has announced federal funding will be denied to those cities that refuse to comply with federal laws regarding deportation of illegal immigrants.

A new report reveals what that federal funding includes for just one-third of sanctuary cities in the U.S.

On Jan. 25, President Trump issued an Executive Order with the expressed goal of “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,” which denies federal funding to sanctuary cities who willfully refuse to comply with the laws regarding illegal entrants.

The order has sparked protests and outrage, but perhaps the real outrage should be aimed at the fact that nearly $27 billion have been funneled to those cities, according to a new report from OpenTheBooks.com, which is a project of the nonprofit group American Transparency.

According to the report, titled “Federal Funding of America’s Sanctuary Cities,” $26.74 billion goes to 106 cities, which is about one-third of the total number of more than 300 sanctuary jurisdictions.

President Trump’s order will cut funding to cities, including San Francisco which has received $500 million. San Francisco was also the city where 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle was shot to death on July 1, 2015, by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an illegal immigrant from Mexico who had previously been deported five times.

The money given to these cities comes from a combination of direct payments and grants, according to the report.

H/T: Washington Examiner

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