California’s Risks Federal Funds Declaring it a “Sanctuary State”
US President Donald Trump said he will consider pulling federal funds from California if it follows up on its threat to become a “Sanctuary State” but says he would rather not be forced to take such a drastic measure.
“I think it’s ridiculous, sanctuary cities,” President Trump said in a pre-Super Bowl TV interview. “As you know, I’m very much opposed to sanctuary cities. They breed crime. There’s a lot of problems.”
“We give tremendous amounts of money to California. California in many ways is out of control,” President Trump said.
“I don’t want to de-fund the State or a City. I don’t want to de-fund anybody. I want to give them the money they need to properly operate as a City or a State. If they going to have sanctuary cities, we may have to do that (de-fund). Certainly, that would be a weapon.”
President Trump made ending sanctuary cities a theme of his campaign, citing the shooting death of Kate Steinle in San Francisco — a Sanctuary city — in Y 2015. Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an illegal Mexican immigrant who had been previously deported 5 times, was charged in her killing and is set for trial this month.
San Francisco sued the Trump Administration over his executive order to withhold funds from sanctuary cities in late January, and state lawmakers began debating a bill to declare California a Sanctuary State. The declaration means that local and state authorities would not cooperate with federal immigration officials, hence risking millions and billions of USD’s in critical federal aid.
Remember, California, the biggest state in the Union, is an entitlement state, it cannot operate peacefully without the federal monies.
Reality check Governor Brown!