Cancel All Federal Funding to Sanctuary Cities
Current Status: In ProgressAs of
"on the first day, I will take the following five actions to restore security and the constitutional rule of law:
... THIRD, cancel all federal funding to Sanctuary Cities"
- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016
No specific action has been outlined as of yet. Trump Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said that Trump has not cemented a policy on whether the federal government will fund sanctuary cities. “That’s something for the new administration to decide and something that we’re going to all be working on and looking into,” Priebus told CNN during an interview on November 20th.
He didn't address this issue on the first day in office, but on January 25th, Trump signed an executive order to "ensure that jurisdictions that fail to comply with applicable Federal law do not receive Federal funds, except as mandated by law." What this order means in practice has yet to be determined.
(a) In furtherance of this policy, the Attorney General and the Secretary, in their discretion and to the extent consistent with law, shall ensure that jurisdictions that willfully refuse to comply with 8 U.S.C. 1373 (sanctuary jurisdictions) are not eligible to receive Federal grants, except as deemed necessary for law enforcement purposes by the Attorney General or the Secretary. The Secretary has the authority to designate, in his discretion and to the extent consistent with law, a jurisdiction as a sanctuary jurisdiction. The Attorney General shall take appropriate enforcement action against any entity that violates 8 U.S.C. 1373, or which has in effect a statute, policy, or practice that prevents or hinders the enforcement of Federal law.
In April 2017, Trump's Justice Department issued a warning to several jurisdictions that specific grant funds would be withheld under a 1996 law regarding localities that withhold information about people's immigration status. A June 30th deadline was given for these locales to certify their compliance.
Also in April, a Federal judge on the 9th circuit issued an injunction against the executive order.