A stern warning came out of the White House Monday when Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke again of sanctuary cities, this time threatening slashes in funding for noncompliance with federal immigration authorities.
Sessions emphasized that grants given from the U.S. Department of Justice could be barred, withheld or removed from states and cities that did not hold suspects beyond when they are set to be released for federal immigration authorities. To receive these grants, Sessions said states will have to certify they are complying with the detainer requests.
But where does this money typically go, and how much does the city really rely on it?
In 2016, the Office of Justice Programs issued nearly $60 million in grants to the city of Philadelphia — with namely $50 million going toward the Democratic National Convention. But about $9 million in grants were funneled into the city’s budget.
Despite Mayor Jim Kenney’s firm stance on the issue of Philly as a sanctuary city, City Council President Darrell Clarke has called for the city to rethink its status if it means losing funding.
In 2016, the city used grant awards for a multitude of programs — studies through Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania on violence and employment, respectively, to enhance the quality of programs and resources for victims of human trafficking, help develop Children’s Advocacy Centers and research on support for families who experienced violence-related trauma.
Here’s more on the 11 awards granted in 2016: