Jerry Brown

The Department of Justice has promised to end federal funding for California if they continue to keep their sanctuary state status. They could potentially lose billions of dollars. They currently receive around $58 billion a year from the federal government.

Earlier this year California Jerry Brown signed legislation that forbids police officers from providing information to federal law enforcement. The law effectively makes California a sanctuary state for illegal aliens. They are not actively working with federal law enforcement to identify illegal aliens after they have been arrested for other crimes.

The Trump Administration just made it clear that California is violating federal law and could lose federal funds:

“Wednesday’s letter urges California to comply federal statute (8 USC 1373) which bars local jurisdictions from limiting communication with federal law enforcement about a person’s immigration status or whereabouts. The letter states that California’s new law (SB54) “May violate,” 1373.

“Department of Justice Officials tell Fox News this situation could result with future federal grants being withheld from California, that threat has been a common thread in this ongoing story. However DOJ officials also tell Fox they could “clawback” funds already awarded to the Golden State.

“For instance California received more than $18 million in federal grants from the Department of Justice in 2016, funds DOJ officials say could be subject to a ‘clawback.’”

The DOJ released this statement:

“In early October, the State of California codified into law a requirement that local police release criminal aliens back onto our streets. This law undermines public safety and national security, was opposed by law enforcement, and potentially violates federal law,” said DOJ spokesman Devin O’Malley. “The abandonment of the rule of law evades all common sense, especially given the multiple high-profile incidents that have occurred in California as a result of similar policies. The Justice Department urges California to reconsider these so-called ‘sanctuary policies.’”

Earlier this month California asked for $7.4 billion for damage caused by wildfires, to which the President committed to help with:

“Officials have not yet assessed all the damage and effects of the fires, but the governor’s office and the affected counties determined that $7.4 billion in federal funding is needed to help California recover, the letter says.

“The wildfires significantly damaged farmland, rangeland and watersheds, and more than a third of the funding requested, $3.1 billion, would go toward helping agricultural industries bounce back, including affected wineries, California officials said.

“Congress last month approved $576.5 million in aid for wildfires earlier this summer in California and the U.S. West. It also has approved billions in relief funding to help states affected by hurricanes and other weather-related disasters this year.

“Trump pledged aid for California fire victims on Oct. 10, saying he had told Brown that ‘the federal government will stand with the people of California.'”

But when it comes to other forms of federal funding, things might dry up quickly. For a state in such dire financial straits, maybe they should not be slapping federal law in the face.