REPORT: Sanctuary cities have a lot to lose

Those cities that hold onto “sanctuary” status stand to lose tens of millions of dollars in federal funds, according to new research published on Tuesday.

President Trump’s executive order threatens to withhold federal funding from the hundreds of sanctuary cities that refuse to work with ICE officials when illegal immigrants commit crimes. There are no specific details about the order, but this research comes from the liberal-leaning Center for American Progress, National Immigration Law Center and American Immigration Lawyers. “The new report endeavors to calculate the amount of funding at stake, based on prior efforts by Republican lawmakers to defund sanctuary jurisdictions,” reported Fox News on Tuesday.

The study identified the top five states with the most to lose if their “sanctuary” cities don’t comply with immigration law:

  • California could lose as much as $239.5 million.
  • New York risks losing $191.1 million.
  • Illinois could give up $91.3 million.
  • Pennsylvania is risking $65.2 million.
  • Maryland has $35 million at stake.

The report defined “sanctuary city” as “a government that has refused to comply with federal detention requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or take part in other immigration enforcement actions.”

Trump’s executive order in January got Republican Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez to reverse his local government’s sanctuary policies, however, leading “sanctuary cities” including New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Boston have vowed to stay the course.

According to the report, five key funding sources that could be withheld include:

  • The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant, which helps states and localities pay for a range of criminal justice needs.
  • The U.S. Economic Development Administration grant, which assists “economically distressed areas” with job creation and public works projects.
  • The State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, which reimburses localities for costs associated with detaining immigrants.
  • The Community Development Block Grant program, which helps fund a range of housing, infrastructure and business development projects.
  • The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, which provides money for law enforcement agencies to hire additional community policing officers.

Another, separate report looking at cities most likely to be affected by Trump’s executive order which was published last month by non-profit government spending researcher Open the Books, found that those 106 “sanctuary cities” received approximately $27 billion in federal funding during fiscal year 2016.

That research predicted that “highly populated cities like Los Angeles, New York and Philadelphia would be able to sustain themselves without the federal funds but other places like Boston and Washington, D.C., would feel the pinch.”

H/T: Fox News

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