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Trump Drops Bad News Bomb On Cities Fighting His Immigration Ban

Those cities across the US that offer “sanctuary” status for illegal immigrants could lose tens of millions of dollars, based on the conclusions of a recently published report.

The new report focuses on President Trump’s executive order to support immigration enforcement and punish local governments through the denial of federal funds, and adds up all of the money involved.

Keep in mind a “sanctuary jurisdiction” is a local government which has a policy of not providing full cooperation with federal immigration enforcement.

The new research comes from the Center for American Progress National Immigration Law Center and American Immigration Lawyers, and has uses data from earlier efforts to punish sanctuary cities. The data in the report looks at the potential financial impact on the states of California, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Maryland (states that have major sanctuary cities).

When you do the math, it appears California could lose up to $239.5 million if its sanctuary cities don’t start cooperating fully with ICE, and New York state could forfeit as much as $191.1 million. Illinois stands to lose $91.3 million, Pennsylvania is looking at a potential $65.2 million loss, and Maryland a $35 million loss.

The report explains the following funding sources for sanctuary cities may be reduced:

Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant: This federal program is designed to “help states and localities pay for a range of criminal justice needs.”

U.S. Economic Development Administration Grant: Funds from this grant are intended to “assist economically distressed areas with job creation and public works projects.”

State Criminal Alien Assistance Program: This program helps defray enforcement costs as it “reimburses localities for costs associated with detaining immigrants.”

Community Development Block Grant Program: These community development block grants “help fund a range of housing, infrastructure, and business development projects.”

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services: This is a federal agency charged with providing “money for law enforcement agencies to hire additional community policing officers.”

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