‘Sanctuary City’ Order Creating Widespread Sense of Worry

February 1, 2017 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

waiting-room-1486946One of my kids favorite books when they were toddlers was one called “Wemberly Worried,” about a little girl mouse who constantly worried about everything. Apparently, there seems to be just as much worrying about some of President Trump’s executive orders, particularly one that affects federal funding to so-called “sanctuary cities.”

The order will “strip federal grant money from the sanctuary states and cities that harbor illegal immigrants,” according to press secretary Sean Spicer. The order declares that entities labeled “sanctuary jurisdictions” by the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security will be “not eligible” for federal grants, and it directs the Office of Management and Budget to compile federal grant money currently going to sanctuary jurisdictions.

Let’s do a quick rundown of recent headlines that we’ve found on the web. In Philadelphia, “Trump Signs Executive Order to Strip Federal Grants from Sanctuary Cities Like Philly”; in San Antonio, Texas, “$153 Million in Federal, State Grants Could Be at Stake if San Antonio Becomes a ‘Sanctuary City’”; in Denver, “Trump’s Executive Order Could Remove All Federal Grants Except Those Related to Law Enforcement from Sanctuary Cities”; in Washington, D.C., “New Battle Begins as Trump Tries to Yank Federal Grants from ‘Sanctuary’ Jurisdictions”; in San Francisco, “Federal Funding in SF in Limbo Under Trump Administration.”

For example, let’s look at the last one we mention. According to the San Francisco Examiner article, San Francisco has taken the position that Trump’s executive order signed last week to cut funding from sanctuary cities like San Francisco does not apply to it. San Francisco receives about $1 billion annually in federal funding.

Prior to Trump’s inauguration, head of Human Resources Micki Callahan sent a Jan. 19 memo to all city government employees outlining the city’s sanctuary laws while also noting that they “are consistent with federal law,” the article states. However, “there are also concerns that future federal grants may come with conditions related to immigration policies — another legal point that could end up being decided by the courts.”

This executive order, along with Trump’s other actions in his first days of office such as halting new Environmental Protection Agency funding (which reportedly he has since lifted) and freezing new regulatory actions is definitely creating a new sense of angst to those in the grants community. We’ll continue to watch to see what becomes of these new orders and how they affect nonfederal entities in the days and weeks to come.

Let us know how you feel about these executive orders and how they may affect you. We’d love to hear your stories.

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