San Diego Could Lose $8.1 Million in Federal Funding Due to Its Sanctuary City Status

San Diego Could Lose $8.1 Million in Federal Funding Due to Its Sanctuary City Status

Under President-elect Donald Trump’s current immigration plan, San Diego County could be designated a so-called “ sanctuary city,” which could lead to a loss of up to $724.3 million in federal funding. While there is no official designation of “sanctuary city,” nor does the city or county of San Diego call itself a sanctuary city, some conservative websites and commentators have regularly included San Diego and San Diego County as examples of sanctuary cities. According to his campaign platform, Trump wants to cut federal funding for cities and counties that provide sanctuary to undocumented immigrants. In fact, some consider the entire state of California to be a sanctuary for immigrants, which stands to lose $96 billion in federal funding. The concept of a sanctuary city stems from the unwillingness of local law enforcement to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. Historically, Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) would give local law enforcement authorities detainers, or requests for the law enforcement agency to hold undocumented immigrants in custody for up to 72 hours longer than it normally could have. After 2014, ICE changed its detainer procedures to request only that local authorities notify them when an immigrant was released from custody. However, California passed the California Trust Act in 2013, which prevented local law enforcement authorities from holding individuals in custody solely for ICE. The state joined many other agencies nationwide in refusing to honor ICE detainers. Despite Trump’s proposed plan, it would take an act of Congress to penalize sanctuary cities by withholding federal funding. Although conservative Congress members have tried to pass such legislation in the past, they have been unsuccessful. Neither Trump nor his transition team has disclosed any details about cutting off federal funding to sanctuary cities; they also have declined to define the “failure to cooperate” that would trigger the loss of funding. Despite California’s reputation as a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants, immigrants still face detention by ICE on a frequent basis. Individuals who believe that they qualify for asylum or have another valid deportation defense need an experienced California immigration attorney who can assist them with this often complex process. At Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., we know how to stand up for the rights of those who are legally entitled to remain in the U.S. Call us today at (510) 756-4468 and schedule an appointment with one of our deportation defense lawyers, and learn how we can assist you.
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