On January 25, 2017, his third full day on the job in the White House, President Trump fulfilled more of the promises he’d made — those concerning illegal “immigration” — by signing two executive orders:
- Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements, which authorizes the construction of a wall along the porous U.S.-Mexico border.
- Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of United States, which authorizes the denial of federal funds to “sanctuary” states and cities that willfully violate Federal immigration law in an attempt to shield aliens, including criminals, from removal from the United States and, in so doing, “have caused immeasurable harm to the American people and to the very fabric of our Republic.” As White House spokesman Sean Spicer put it, “The American people are no longer going to have to be forced to subsidize this disregard for our laws.”
But few actually know how much federal grant money is at stake. Across America, there are more than 300 governmental jurisdictions claiming “sanctuary status,” which include 106 cities. The remainder are states, counties or other units of government.
Thanks to the organization American Transparency, we now have the figure for how much in federal grants (i.e., U.S. taxpayer dollars) the 160 sanctuary cities had received last year:
$15.983 billion in federal funds flowed into just twelve major American cities where 1 in 5 illegal entrants reside (FY2016).
In an article for Forbes on February 2, 2017, American Transparency’s Adam Andrzejewski writes:
Our organization, American Transparency (website: OpenTheBooks.com) was able to identify that number. We found nearly $27 billion ($26.74 billion to be exact) in federal funding (FY2016) for America’s 106 Sanctuary Cities. Our new report, “Federal Funding of America’s Sanctuary Cites” details federal grants and other forms of federal spending that flow to those cities.
Using our OpenTheBooks interactive map, search federal funding by city. Just click a pin and scroll down to review the municipal agencies and entities (FY2016). In fact, the map is quickly shareable to any website by copy/paste of the HTML code….
Under Trump’s order, mayors defending their sanctuary city status are essentially imposing a defiance tax on local residents. On average, this tax amounts to $500 per man, woman and child. Major cities like Washington, D.C., New York and Chicago have the most to lose, and nearly $27 billion is at stake across the country.
If the sanctuary cities defy President Trump’s executive order by continuing to shield ILLEGAL aliens, this is how much it’ll cost them:
- On average, the cost of lost federal funding for a family of four residing in one of the 106 sanctuary cities is $1,810 – or $454 per person. A total population of 46.2 million residents live in the 106 sanctuary cities according to census data.
- Washington, D.C., and Chicago, Illinois governments received the highest amount of federal funding per resident and, therefore, have the most to lose by maintaining their sanctuary status:
- Washington, D.C. municipal government stands to lose $3,228 per person; $12,912 per family of four; or $2.09 billion total.
- The City of Chicago, IL stands to lose $1,942 per person; $7,768 per family of four; or $5.3 billion total.
- In cities with populations of 100,000 and above, the communities with the least per capita federal dollars ‘at risk’ are St. Paul, Minnesota ($47 per person, $14.2 million total); Downey, California ($36 per person, $4.2 million total) and Miami, Florida ($67 per person, $29.7 million total).
In FY2016, the federal monies received by sanctuary cities consisted of:
- $543.97 million in Department of Justice grants to law enforcement – i.e. city police departments.
- $4.23 billion in ‘direct payment’ to fund municipal services such as housing, education, community development, and schools.
- $21.5 billion in ‘grant’ payments to fund local police and fire departments, schools, housing, and city services.
The threat of losing nearly $27 billion in federal funding seems to be having an effect on some cities. Miami has already reversed their sanctuary city policy.