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If Trump has his way, what do sanctuary cities stand to lose?

If Donald Trump is eventually successful with his bid to eliminate federal funding to sanctuary cities, 106 cities across the nation are going to be out some $27 billion, according to a report by Open The Books.

The Department of Justice defines sanctuary cities as “a local government entity not reporting to federal authorities: ‘aliens in custody.’” Open the Books said that more than half of all illegal aliens reside in the 106 sanctuary cities, and 2 out of 10 live in just 12 cities.

Here are the top-10 takeaways from the report:

  1. $26.741 billion in annual federal grants and direct payments flowed into America’s 106 sanctuary cities (FY 2016).
  2. On average, the cost of lost federal funding for a family of four residing in one of the 106 sanctuary cities is $1,810 – or $454 per person. A total population of 46.2 million residents live in the 106 sanctuary cities according to census data.
  3. Washington, D.C.,and Chicago, Illinois residents received the highest amount of federal funding on a per capita basis and, therefore, have the most to lose by maintaining their sanctuary status. Washington, D.C. municipal government received the  highest amount of funding on a per capita basis: $3,228 per person; $12,912 per family of four; or $2.09 billion total. Chicago received the second highest amount of federal funding on a per capita basis: $1,942 per person; $7,768 per family of four; or $5.3 billion total.
  4. In cities with populations of 100,000 and above, the communities with the least per capita federal dollars ‘at risk’ are St. Paul, Minnesota ($47 per person, $14.2 million total); Downey, California ($36 per person, $4.2 million total); and Miami ($67 per person, $29.7 million total).
  5. $15.983 billion in federal funds flowed into just 12 major American cities – where 1 in 5 illegal entrants reside (FY 2016).
  6. Department of Justice grants to law enforcement – i.e. city police departments – totaled $543.97 million (FY 2016). Typically, this funding was only a small percentage of the local law enforcement budgets.
  7. $4.23 billion in federal funding of the 106 sanctuary cities flowed via the ‘direct payment’ type. These payments funded municipal services such as housing, education, community development, and schools.
  8. $21.5 billion in federal funding of the 106 sanctuary cities flowed via the ‘grant’ payment mechanism. These payments funded local police and fire departments, schools, housing, and city services.
  9. In Los Angeles, fully 1 in 5 city residents (22 percent) are illegal entrants. However, the amount of federal funding amounts to only $126 per resident; $504 per family of four; or $502.5 million total.
  10. In Newark, New Jersey, 19 percent of city residents are undocumented entrants. However, the amount of federal funding amounts to $733 per resident; $2,932 per family of four; or $206.7 million.

Read the full report.

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