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.

BY Alan Moore

| Managing Editor Of DC Statesman

Alan has previously worked in editorial, marketing, PR, and social networking roles for various websites and news outlets. These include Townhall Media, Newsbusters, MRCTV, and CNSNews. You can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook.

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  • justus1

    why give them any money? they want to secede from the union anyway. they will never pay it back if they do that. the governor doesn’t want anything from the rest of the country except when they have some kind of emergency. I say too bad, but you brought this on yourself.

    • Big Ed

      I regularly see advertisements on TV which tell me that California does want something from the rest of the country-I see daily advertisements for tourists from other parts of the country. As for me, I refuse to even think about going to California. To me, it appears dangerous. Their sanctuary city rules attract criminal illegal aliens, and if these thugs are gathering in California cities, I don’t want to be anywhere near one of those cities. Kate Steinle was walking along, looking at the sites with her father and was shot dead. Believe me, I understand there are murderers in every large city, but a city that requests their presence ups the ante. If enough people stopped going to California for R&R, they might see the error of their ways.

  • laceeroses

    Let Brown figure this out for his self. He has went against everything the government tries to help him with, such as climate control. I hope everyone leaves that can, and leaves him holding the bag. He is so arrogant.

    • kinijane

      The only problem with that is the libs will move to conservative states and them start the downfall of those.

      • Elaine Blackman

        Same thing with all of those illegals they’re bringing in and making legal.

    • Elaine Blackman

      Brown had hands open asking for help with the Oroville Dam, though, and now with the fires. What had they been doing with the funds to maintain the dams? He takes money from the education of citizens to give to illegals. Why are illegals more important to him than citizens?

      • Barbara Vollick

        So they will all vote for Demonrats and keep them in power for eternity!!

      • Elaine Blackman

        We can all pray for a miracle like the one we prayed for last year with President Trump’s election. We’re already seeing some Christian movies coming out of the entertainment industry. There are a LOT of good people there who really need our help and really with His Help.

  • Dan

    Another move toward making America Great Again!

  • Gary

    if they don’t want to participate in following the same laws everyone else lives by for the good of all then they certainly don’t deserve any assistance from us.

    • digby

      the people elected him so suffer

    • pemaddin

      Exactly why should the American taxpayer be forced to pay for the libs to keep their favorite criminals (illegal aliens) out of jail. We say NO we are not going to.

  • Bragar

    Governor “Moon Unit” won’t go along. CA liberals would rather additional reasons to hate DT than abide by the laws of this country. I hope they do break away from our union.

    • Elaine Blackman

      I’m Texan and TX has the state lines and capitols for 6 states drawn up in its negotiations with the U.S. before coming in after the “War Between the States”. There would be 12 senators instead of 2 and it’s been tossed around for ages. But we Texans are SO proud of our state of TX.

      We moved from there in ’88 to a non-border state of SC where we didn’t expect the big danger from wetbacks that we had there, but I’m still TX proud.

  • deusexmachina1

    Another empty threat….


    California elected leaders are acting the same way South Carolina’s leaders did during the beginning of our Civil War. The Feds have invited this behavior for years by allowing state drug laws to override Federal laws. Trump and Sessions need to battle this trend with vigor, brainwork and all financial tools or the threat will grow to be worse than that of NK which can be squelched with a push button.

    A additional strategy would be to set up custom entry posts on California’s north and west borders. I believe this could be done by executive order.

    • Elaine Blackman

      If the situations are different because of different circumstances, then how can the 2 be equated? It wasn’t a matter of illegals in SC. It was a matter of the taxes put on their raw materials that they didn’t have in the manufacturing states of the north. You need to study more and quit being so biased against the south.

      • RERJR

        I have lived several years in the south including the Carolinas, Georgia, Texas and Richmond, love their culture, history and people. I am speaking of John C Calhoun and several others (both sides) who got belligerent with each other, refused to compromise, and cost the lives of a half million Southern boys whose parents were too poor to own slaves.

      • Elaine Blackman

        A couple of my ancestors from TX lost their lives then, too. They had just moved from FL and AL (neighboring counties to each other) to TX in abt. 1857. They had just signed up in TX, were captured and sent to a prison camp in AR where they died.

        Your answer was good for the most part. I just objected to bringing up the Civil War since I think there’s too much anti-CSA sentiment going on now with all the removal of the Civil War history.

        Now THAT removal of history by ANTIFA and the libs is more like Hitler or any other tyrant coming into power and trying to remove all remnants of history, isn’t it?

        The fact that you lived in the south doesn’t make you a southerner as you illustrated, IMO.

      • RERJR

        Politically I am a State’s Rights Southerner in every regard, and detest the Left’s assault on the memory and respect of Civil War Veterans on both sides, as well as the Southern framers of our constitution which was their brainchild, for the most part from Virginia. And I have paid my respects at many of their graves.

        It would take a book to explain my first reference to the Civil War in the context of today but it is my belief (from reading many books) that the war could have been avoided except for the rash behavior of a small number of people “on both sides”. Slavery was “on its way out” in the western world and within a decade probably in the United States as well without bloodshed. General Robert E Lee and all or most other brave Southern military leaders would have certainly promoted more national diplomacy over war but they were overruled by politicians.

      • Elaine Blackman

        Exactly right, except that doesn’t rationalize your comparison or your ONE sentence blame on SC, which you’re trying to do.

      • RERJR

        In two words..Charleston (toss up with Savannah as my favorite city on the East Coast) and Fort Sumter. The Union should not have resupplied Ft. Sumter and the CSA should not have shelled it. There was no crisis or reason to “light that fuse” at that time during the national dispute literally between brothers, cousins and uncles who really had more in common than differences. But the spark was lit in SC,

      • Elaine Blackman

        And you’re right about that.

        My criticism was in YOUR bringing up the “War of Northern Aggression” with all of the anti-CSA sentiment going on?!!

        You keep ignoring that and justifying your irrational ignoring of that and bringing up the history, which really makes no sense 150 years later unless you’re saying another should begin.

        And as far as your offering that you’re pro-states rights, so is CA!!!

      • RERJR

        I understand your aggravation with the timing of my mention of SC during this time of anti-CSA sentiment which I resent. The link was certainly unintended. FYI you could maybe still find my posts in the Charlottesville newspaper before the riots speaking against destruction of Civil War monuments while the city council was first considering it.

      • Elaine Blackman

        Thanks. And I’m assuming you’re against the destruction of historical monuments. No history should be destroyed since that’s what tyrants want to do when they take over.

      • RERJR

        We agree 100%.

  • Truth goes 100 MPH

    No FCC license= No Police radio No Power transmitted from other states. No prints from the FBI No military bases. No Education funds. The list is endless. If they want to be part of Mexico, make their wish come true.

    • Barbara Rathbun

      no education funds…I hope so..the education is what is breeding liberals with gov brainwashing!

    • TIMedWork

      Bear in mind, the Federal government does nothing to generate its own money. States’ industries do that through corporate taxes, and personal income taxes, paid to the Federal government by the people who work for those industries. The money granted by the Federal government to any state, is simpy to return to the states, a portion of the money which they first confiscated from the states.
      If the Fedreal government decides not to grant any money to California, and I believe that is the correct and just course of action, simultaneously, California’s industry (Silicon Valley, entertainment, aerospace, etc), and CA’s citizens would then be released from any obligation to give any money to the Federal government.

      Soon enough, forced into self-sufficiency, Califronians might realize that their weight is greater than their contribution. That their ability to pay their own way, while supporting illegal aliens, and criminals, is significantly challenged without the help of the rest of the country. At that point they might see the wisdom in playing by the rules that justify California participating in the system that allows the rest of the country to carry their water… literally, as well.

      • Truth goes 100 MPH

        Agree, 100% I they “leave” the Union, Mexico absorbs them in a month.

  • Steve Queipo

    Moonbeam is the all white BO. A liberal who has no problems seeing Americans killed by filthy wet backs or any other type of illegal. Don’t give Ca another penny of our money.

  • Gerry Costa

    What would be a good idea is —STOP WITH THE F*****G WOULD AND COULD AND MIGHT AND JUST DO IT !!!!!!! Stop with the BS warnings and “STOP” all federal funding right now. Stop with your BS talking and take some action for a change. They need to start with cali-gay-fornia and then stop New York’s funding until the people are smart enough to get rid of morons like cuomo and deblasio,schummer and gillibrand.

  • Elizabeth Davis

    I feel sorry for the people that are trapped in this liberal society in CA. They are so out numbered that they have no voice in anything in government. I say cut CA off and let them pay their own way and let them have all the illegals they want to feed. If I was a conservative I would be trying to get out of there

  • philnmdg

    They won’t secede from the Union, look at the mess Catalonia in Spain is experiencing trying to do the same thing. No, they are just being like a recalcitrant child who need a good spanking and sent to bed without supper.

    • SerfCityHereWeCome

      I’ll never forgive them if they secede…before we have the chance to expel them first.

      • philnmdg

        If California secedes, The feds will step up and claim the entire coastline and all land within 50 miles of it as federal property. California will be a land locked country.

  • Elly

    DOJ Just do it instead of threatening. I’m sick and tired of the threats, so stop all the federal funds NOW.

    • Joseph Prycodzien

      elly, Comment is one of the best ones so far on these postings. American citizens must control the DOJ that makes idle threats just as a propogandra style publiciy comment but do nothing to follow through. There is an old saying about ‘sh– or get off the pot’ and this seems to be the ongoing ploy of the DOJ as they repeatedly make threats but, in reality, do nothing other than insure their jobs.

  • higgy01

    The last thing I want is for my tax dollars to be given to that sink hole or is it stink hole that California has become. Over the years I’ve lived in or visited many different parts of the state but I will never even consider going there even for a brief visit.

  • Big Daddy

    I’ve heard the tough talk about cutting them off, but I’m not holding my breath to see if they ACTUALLY do it…

    • SerfCityHereWeCome

      True, but the law is clear as day, and to keep doing absolutely nothing is dereliction of duty, plain and simple.

  • buster

    Lets hope that the DOJ actually does what it says it is going to do and remove all federal funds from the sanctuary states!!! Gotta keep the pressure on the DOJ to follow through..

  • patssoxfan

    As far as I’m concerned you can add the state line of California to the wall and shut them off. Let them take care of their own funding for mudslides, earthquakes and wildfires. No more federal funding for CA. would add millions to the USA’s budget.

  • Gail Davis

    I am sorry to hear that federal funds would be given to Calif for the fires as I feel really sorry that people lost loved ones, their homes and everything, but I read that an illegal Mexican started the Sonoma fire that had been sent back twice. If this is true, those that were affected by the fire should sue Brown, his administration and any state congress person that voted for a sanctuary city. They are only looking after illegals and don’t give a darn about American citizens in Calif. under dem communist Brown the state is becoming a communist one.

  • William Sasman

    Great news. Time to put old sour puss Brown in his place. The good people of his state will take notice.

  • Barbara Rathbun

    flush it down Brown brought it on, along with tax increases the people never voted for he a total insane rogue, I was born here, love my state and due to liberals, considering leaving..I applaud taking of federal funds…lets get it over with..proud Trump voter

  • dan690

    I am sure the hard working highly wonderful illegals will make up any difference for what California is losing. Hahahahahahahah.

    • SerfCityHereWeCome

      Wait, I have the answer! Raise the sales tax on weed to 12,000% and start taking IOUs instead of just EBTs. Presto, the 2017 version of the Mike Dukakis “Massachusetts Miracle”!

    • Elaine Blackman

      Maybe those elite Hollywood “entertainment” people will fill the void. They think they’re smarter and better than anyone else anyway.

  • Jmanjo

    They don’t deserve any federal funds because their Governor Brown and the elected congressmen constantly reject US policy and laws and try to subvert the president in every action he takes to make America safe and better economically. No money and no more feeling sorry for these boobs! Let Hollywood fund the jerks!

    • Joseph Prycodzien

      jmanjo, Wonderful posting !! The high paid personalities should foot the bill for their funding and the federal government MUST STOP giving any funds to Cal-it-for-me-only. All these celetrities keep receiving more and more money while the average person living there just condones this lets all of their questionable activities slide by – at their expense. WAKE UP, FOOLS AND PAWNS !!!

  • Ronnie Verne

    Gee that will mean moonbeam can’t Finnish his hightspeed cho cho to no where!

    • Elaine Blackman

      I bet he funds that before some of the other things. He acts like a dictator.

  • donl

    The ONLY people that benefit from Socialism/Communist are the very wealthy OR those in the Government, like Brown. The rest of you will go on welfare IF those at the top haven’t wasted it on themselves. Example; Venezuela.

  • SerfCityHereWeCome

    This is the ultimate no-brainer, with vast support even from most DEMOCRATS. If the GOP is too cowardly to even follow through on THIS, there’s really no point in having elections anymore. Congressional Democrats strongarmed the states to impose the national 55mph speed limit on them back in 1974 in the same fashion, so it can certainly be used to slap down a completely rogue state which is jeopardizing both our national security AND sovereignty itself.

    • Elaine Blackman

      If the DNC is so much in favor of ending sanctuary states, then why aren’t they helping to end it? You’re putting it all on the RNC / GOP instead of putting any on the rest of the government. I thought it should be a COUNTRY working together for the betterment of ALL the citizens, and not a split of parties.

  • Marina

    Jerry Brown has sold his soul to the illegals, and have shoved the legal citizens of California under the bus, time to turn CA republican again.Vote Republican in 2018.

  • Gramma76

    Hope CA does not receive any more Federal funds period. Brown does not want to work with the fed government so let him stew in his own juice!!

    • Elaine Blackman

      I know it has to be a BIG dilemma for the president and congress even more so than for the rest of us who have our misgivings.

      I watched HI 5-O last night about a man with multiple personalities. The psychiatrist character explained they hadn’t been able to put the original person away because there were 6 more innocent characters inside. She appealed to the innocent child, risking her life to save the innocent person and that had been taken over by the evil father character.

      That’s pretty much how it is with CA. There are so many personalities in the state and it’s hard to make the innocent ones suffer. They need to be there and come out to take over. (I know that’s an over-simplification, but I had prayed for an answer as to what to say and maybe that’s what I got.)

  • Gary Vogt

    Why does the Federal Government have the money in the first place. Shows me they are getting too much to start with.

  • Proud US vet/American

    Cut them off and any other State or City that claims “Sanctuary Status”, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, Washington, Oregon, and many more cities and States need to be put in their place, HARD! This rebellious attitude and un-American stance has got to stop, NOW!

  • chuy verdugo

    Brown sure does love the Wetbacks !

  • Patricia Stockel

    Stop the threats and do it!!!

  • CaptTurbo

    Cut them off and build a wall around those morons. They are a boil on the butt of this once great republic.

  • Marsha Sanchez

    what wasn’t mentioned was that an illegal Mexican alien started on of the wine areas fire hhe had a prior arsen case , jerry brown gave illegal aliens the right to vote through dmv auto voter registry , jerry brown made change s to the calif. labor code stating that any prospective or and employer that tries to e verify a suspected illegal alien will be subject to arrest fines qand jail time ,

  • digby

    they will pad disaster funds and redirect them to the Governors whims—–the Feds need to audit every dollar that goes to Sanctuary States to make sure it goes to the people’s needs

  • JimTB

    The U.S. Department of Justice NEEDS TO STOP TALING ABOUT THE ACTIONS AND TAKE ALL THE ACTIONS AND STOP ALL U.S. FEDERAL FUNDING TO THESE SO-CALLED Sanctuary States, Cities, and Counties ( Parishes in Louisiana ). NO DOING SO, is playing their games. DO IT NOW AND THE PEOPLE, the U.S. Citizens/Taxpayers/Voters, IN THESE SANCTUARY States, Cities, and Counties ( Parishes in Louisiana ) will start feeling the squeezing for funds for these Sanctuary States, Cities, and Counties ( Parishes in Louisiana ) they, the U.S. Citizens/Taxpayers/Voters, will take actions to end their actions, and plans, by voting them out of office.


    to provide aid and safety to enemies in time of war …to block the safety and security of the Constitution… place a person, organization , group, in defiance to our Constitution….is that not the essence of TREASON ?

  • Sue

    Hello, moonbeam when you see fit to turn illegals back onto the streets, you pay a price. A BIG one. The only reason you and other sanctuary cites do this is for the federal payola. They likely live in squalor. And, you could care less. Keep them there, please. We the people don’t want them. Support them with YOUR state money. Let’s see how long your residents enjoy that big squeeze.

  • Ron Washum

    My first thought was to also arrest that idiot governor but on second thought, they get what they deserve for electing him. CA is a drain on our economy. Cut them loose.

  • Charlotte Holstun

    Brown makes this State a very unsafe place to be and how he uses tax money is not for our benefit, except his own. Nothing is being fixed. He will need money for anything that comes along, and hires Attorney’s to fight for things we don’t need like for the Sanctuary State.

  • chevieman62

    What? Doesn’t anyone realize that as soon as Brown signed that document he convicted himself of treason Against America and our Constitution as well as violating our countries immigration law and as a State, their obligation to protect our National Security. Federal agents should go in and arrest Brown, he is guilty of multiple felonies under Federal law.