This hearkens back to the fact that California is a “sanctuary state,” which takes in illegal immigrants by the truckloads. They are in complete defiance of President Trump’s ban on sanctuary cities, and to top it all of, they use federal subsidies to pay for them.
If the possibility existed for California to lose federal funding because of their defiance, it would be wise for them to reconsider their sanctuary state policy, since a huge part of their state budget depends upon those federal funds. And the possibility may be closer to them than they think!
LA Times reported:
For all of the unprecedented elements of President Trump’s federal budget plans, there’s an item buried in the list of detailed spending cuts that has a familiar, contentious political legacy in California.
Trump has proposed canceling federal government subsidies to states that house prisoners and inmates who are in the U.S. illegally. He’s not the first president to try it, and undoubtedly will get an earful from states like California.
For sheer bravado, the award for defending that subsidy probably goes to former Gov. Pete Wilson. In a letter sent to federal officials in 1995, two days after Christmas, Wilson threatened to drop off one of the state’s undocumented prisoners — in shackles, no less — on the doorstep of a federal jail. (He never actually did it.)
Wilson had won a second term the year before, with a blistering campaign attacking illegal immigration. His time in office was also marked by persistent state budget problems, and the money mattered. The state never got as much as it wanted, though, and years of squabbles followed over the fate of the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, established as part of the sweeping immigration reforms of 1986.
Want to take a guess which state gets the most? OK, that’s an easy one.
California’s state government received $44.1 million in the 2015 federal budget year, according to Justice Department data. Add to that another $12.8 million that was paid directly to California counties, with the largest local subsidy being the $3 million paid to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
More than one-third of the entire program went to California. No other state’s share was even close. A win on this issue for the president would be particularly bitter for the state, where political animosity toward Trump is widespread.
Right Wing News added:
Just one program. Getting rid of it will save, according to Trump’s budget, $210 million. It may not seem much, in terms of the overall federal budget, but, in practical terms, that money is real, big, and can reduce the load on taxpayers. If California wants to be welcoming to illegal aliens, well, they can expect the really bad ones to come with the so-called good. And that’s what has happened, depending on which report you read, anywhere from 1/3rd to 1/2 of all state prisoners are illegal.
For a state that depends so much on the federal money trough, you’d think California might be a little more cooperative with Trump on enforcing federal immigration laws, but it may take a little “gentle persuasion” to get the mule moving in the right direction.
Like a two by four across the forehead?