The Justice Department is asking California to prove it is cooperating with immigration enforcement in order to receive federal grants. Riverside County and desert cities have received nearly $1.5 million in grants over the last five fiscal years.
A department letter specifically asks the executive director of the California Board of State and Community Corrections to submit paperwork showing the agency is in compliance with “8 U.S.C. 1327,” a federal law that restricts prohibitions on local law enforcement sharing information about someone’s immigration status with federal immigration officers. This documentation, the letter states, is now required to obtain future Byrne JAG grants.
President Donald Trump has previously vowed to cut off federal funding to sanctuary cities. The Justice Department issued the letter Friday, one day after Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened to deport anyone who came into the country illegally.
“For those that still seek to violate our laws and enter the country illegally, let me be very clear: Don’t come, when you are caught, you will be detained, adjudicated and deported,” Sessions said during a tour of the southern border in El Paso on Thursday.
To be clear, the letter does not actually cut off any funding. It simply states a new requirement to receive funding from one specific grant program in the future.
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