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News Posted on August 4, 2017

Dean Johnson Comments on ‘Sanctuary City’ Funding for Capital Public Radio

Dean Kevin R. Johnson commented for a report on Capital Public Radio regarding the Trump administration’s efforts to withhold federal funding from “sanctuary cities” that decline to fully cooperate with immigration enforcement priorities. 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced this week the Department of Justice would withhold the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant from local law enforcement agencies unless they share information and jail access with federal immigration agents. The grant funds anti-human trafficking efforts and drug treatment services, but typically amount to less than 1 percent of a police or sheriff’s department budget.

“This is one grant program among many. I’m not saying it’s an insignificant amount of money,” Johnson said. “But it’s much narrower than executive order’s original threats were to defund sanctuary jurisdictions.”

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.