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News Posted on May 26, 2017

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

Dean Kevin R. Johnson commented for Southern California Public Radio station KPCC on a House bill that would force law enforcement agencies in so-called “sanctuary cities” to cooperate with immigration agents or risk losing federal funding. 

President Trump tried to institute such a policy via his first executive order on immigration, but that order was rejected by a district court, Dean Johnson said.

"The executive order says it is going to defund sanctuary cities," Johnson said. "A federal court said there wasn't authorization to do so. So now, this bill would give authorization to the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security to strip federal grants from cities that don't fully cooperate with federal immigration enforcement." 

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.