Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell says he has been lobbying President Donald Trump’s administration to avoid potentially losing out on as much as $132 million in federal law enforcement grants over the next three years due to the department’s immigration policies.
During recent trips to Washington D.C., McDonnell said he has met with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly — now Trump’s chief of staff — as well as Congress members to urge against any restrictions or cuts to future federal grants.
The Trump administration has begun cracking down on so-called “sanctuary” jurisdictions that it says protect undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes while undermining the nation’s laws.
“It would have a negative impact on public safety in L.A. County and Southern California,” McDonnell said in a recent phone interview of the potential loss of resources.
On Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent letters to four cities — including two in California — threatening to deny federal crime-fighting aid if the cities don’t step up efforts to help detain and deport people living in the country illegally.
The targeted cities — which have all struggled with crime — are Stockton, San Bernardino, Baltimore and Albuquerque, New Mexico. All expressed interest in the Justice Department’s new Public Safety Partnership, federal officials said. The program provides assistance from federal agents, analysts and technology to find solutions to crime.
While the Justice Department did not call out any communities in L.A. County…
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