He has slammed San Francisco for designating itself a sanctuary city and refusing in many cases to cooperate with federal immigration officials. In a Fox News interview this month, he threatened to cut off federal money to California if it declares itself a sanctuary state and a haven for people living in the U.S. illegally.
“If we have to, we’ll defund,” Trump said. “We give tremendous amounts of money to California.”
Then there was the president’s angry tweet after violent protests at UC Berkeley earlier this month forced police to cancel a speech by rightwing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos:
“If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view — NO FEDERAL FUNDS?”
A Jan. 25 executive order stated that sanctuary cities like San Francisco “have caused immeasurable harm to the American people and to the very fabric of our Republic,” and said that the attorney general could cut federal grants to sanctuary cities.
But government money is still flowing into the city, the state and the university system, and there’s been no move to cut it off.
There’s no guarantee that will last, said Tony Quinn, a former GOP redistricting expert and political analyst.
“At some point, (the Trump administration) is going to get their sea legs and do what they’ve promised to do,” he said. “And a lot of California politicians aren’t going to like it.”
San Francisco already is getting ready for that day, talking about what federal money is vulnerable and how to shelter both people and programs that could be in jeopardy.
Read the whole article in the San Francisco Chronicle