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Professor Chin Comments on Sanctuary Cities for Vox

Professor Gabriel “Jack” Chin commented for Vox on the potential for the Trump administration to withhold federal funds from “sanctuary cities” that do not cooperate with efforts to deport millions of undocumented immigrants. Although the federal government cannot place “coercive” conditions on funding, Professor Chin said that the Trump administration could replace existing grants with new ones that had conditions attached, which would provide significant financial incentive for cities for cooperate.

“It’s possible that a cleverly drafted and broadly worded statute could put a lot of state and local funding at risk,” Chin says. “And if that happens, and it was upheld, then I think states and localities would knuckle under.”

Gabriel "Jack" Chin is Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Law and holder of the Edward L. Barrett Endowed Chair at UC Davis School of Law. He is a prolific and much-cited criminal and immigration law scholar whose work has addressed many of the most pressing social issues of our time.