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News Posted on April 6, 2017

Dean Johnson Comments on ‘Sanctuary Cities’ and Federal Funding for KQED

Dean Kevin R. Johnson commented for Bay Area public radio station KQED on the Trump administration’s promises to withhold funding from “sanctuary cities” that decline to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement efforts.

“If the federal government decides to execute on its promise, then it could cost state and local law enforcement agencies a significant amount of money,” Johnson said.

According to the KQED report, numerous California cities could lose federal funding for a wide range of programs. However, there is the possibility that cities could enter into voluntary agreements, also known as 287(g) agreements, that would outline their designated roles with regard to immigration in ways that would satisfy federal authorities, Dean Johnson said.

Kevin R. Johnson is Dean and Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o studies at UC Davis School of Law. He is an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of immigration law and policy, refugee law, and civil rights.