Posted on | March 28, 2017 | 1 Comment
Responding to the latest warnings by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that Department of Justice funds will be withheld from sanctuary cities, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday he will fight efforts by the Trump administration to take away federal funding needed for law enforcement in Los Angeles.
Garcetti said that such actions would be unconstitutional, adding that the city’s policies are “designed to keep our residents safe.”
“Slashing funds for first-responders, for our port and airport, for counterterrorism, crime-fighting and community-building serves no one — not this city, not the federal government, not the American people,” he said. “We will fight to protect the safety and dignity of all Angelenos, and we will work closely with our representatives in Congress to make sure that Los Angeles does not go without federal resources that help protect millions of people every day.”
Among the Justice Department grants received by the city of Los Angeles in recent years include $1.8?million from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program, which goes to the city’s initiative for reducing criminal gang activity.
The city also was awarded $1 million last year from the Justice Department to be put toward a $69 million program to equip all police officers in the field with body cameras. . . .
Question: If the “safety and dignity” of Los Angeles residents would be so imperiled by “slashing funds” from Washington, isn’t this helpless condition of federal dependency the underlying source of their problem?
The fastest and most frantic response [to Sessions’ warning] came from California. That’s not surprising since they have a large cluster of sanctuary cities and get a massive amount of that grant money. . . .
I’m just working off the back of the napkin here, but I seem to recall seeing some figures indicating that California receives more than $135M in law enforcement grants annually. New York City gets about half that much all by itself. In fact, when you add up all the sanctuary cities and all the law enforcement grant money they take in, the total comes up to just about $10.4B.
Roughly $10 billion of federal taxpayer money a year goes to subsidize law enforcement in cities that refuse to enforce U.S. immigration law. There’s a word for this policy, and that word is, insane.