Wednesday, January 25, 2017
If Cities Are Not Following Federal Law, They Should Not Get Federal Funds
Sanctuary Cities Detroit,
Ann Arbor Could Lose
Federal Funding Under
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that could
deny local government block grant funding in Detroit, Ann Arbor.
Michigan sanctuary cities Detroit and Ann Arbor could lose local
government funding for providing sanctuary for undocumented
immigrants under an executive order signed Wednesday by
President Donald Trump. The president’s order makes good on
campaign promises to dismantle sanctuary cities by ending federal
block grant funding.
Sanctuary cities and counties are called that because they offer sanctuary
to illegal immigrants, refusing to turn them over to federal officials
While it is the cities that tend to get the most notice, it is often
counties, which usually run the jails, that have real power to protect
Sources who spoke with Patch say that the most likely target of
funding would be the various grants given to local governments
through the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland
The two departments administer billions in grants — many of which
go to law enforcement agencies in the more than 300 cities and
counties that have declared themselves sanctuary cities.
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These range from Homeland Security's Urban Area Security Initiative,
which helps cities prepare for acts of terrorism, to the Edward Byrne
Grant Program, which was named for a New York City Police Officer
killed in the line of duty and provides funding for a range of programs
including crime victim assistance, drug patrols, and drug treatment.
Trump was also expected to impose visa restrictions for people from
the Middle East, authorize the building of a wall on the Mexican border,
and suspending the program that admits refugees into the United States.
The sources who spoke with Patch were not sure what would be
announced on Wednesday and what on Thursday.