Staten Island Live,
April 24, 2018-
Rep. Daniel Donovan will introduce a bill that would withhold federal funds from “sanctuary cities,” including New York City. Sanctuary cities are local jurisdictions that don’t fully cooperate with the federal government’s efforts to deport undocumented immigrants. The NYPD rejected 1,526 requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detain immigrants in 2017. A city law also says that a person can only be turned over to an ICE agent if they’ve been convicted of one of 170 crimes and if the agent has a warrant.
The “No Enforcement, No Grant for Sanctuary Cities Act” would withhold funds from the U.S. Department of Justice’s State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP), which reimburses states and localities for the salaries of correction officers responsible for criminal undocumented immigrants. The Department of Justice doled out $188 million to state and localities in fiscal year 2016. New York state received $30 million and New York City received $10.5 million, according to Donovan’s office.