What do fund­ing threats mean?

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

washington» The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion is is­su­ing a fresh threat to with­hold or re­voke law en­force­ment grant money from com­mu­ni­ties that refuse to co­op­er­ate with fed­eral ef­forts to find and de­port im­mi­grants in the coun­try il­le­gally. At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions on Mon­day of­fered few de­tails about how the Jus­tice De­part­ment will de­ter­mine which cities are out of com­pli­ance and what steps it will take to strip them of funds. Here is a look at what could hap­pen next:

Is this new?

Yes and no. Ses­sions did not an­nounce a new pol­icy but ac­knowl­edged he was clar­i­fy­ing one is­sued in the fi­nal months of the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion. That pol­icy said mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties would miss out on fed­eral grant money for lack of com­pli­ance with a fed­eral law that says state and local gov­ern­ments may not pro­hibit work­ers from shar­ing in­for­ma­tion about a per­son’s im­mi­gra­tion sta­tus with fed­eral im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials.

What’s at stake?

Cities could miss out on grants that pay for an ar­ray of polic­ing pro­grams, in­clud­ing crime lab tech­nol­ogy, crime pre­ven­tion ef­forts, equip­ment and other ser­vices. In fis­cal year 2016, the Of­fice of Jus­tice Pro­grams made nearly 3,000 grants to­tal­ing $3.9 bil­lion to cities, counties, states and other local gov­ern­ments.

The ma­jor­ity of money went to state of­fices for vic­tim ser­vices. But other grants went to smaller, spe­cific pro­grams — nearly $1 mil­lion for body cam­eras for sheriff ’s deputies in Broward County, Fla.; $1.2 mil­lion in Char­lotte, N.C., to help cut the back­log of rape kit test­ing; $12,966 to cover po­lice in­volve­ment in the city of Lawn­dale, Calif.’s Youth Day pa­rade and at the Fourth of July fire­works cel­e­bra­tion. Philadel­phia, a “sanc­tu­ary city,” re­ceived $57.5 mil­lion in grants in 2016 — mostly to cover po­lice ex­penses for the Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion.

What is an im­mi­gra­tion de­tainer?

A de­tainer is a re­quest by Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment to a law en­force­ment agency to keep a sus­pected de­portable im­mi­grant in its cus­tody long enough for im­mi­gra­tion au­thor­i­ties to ar­rest the per­son. The re­quests ask fed­eral, state, local and tribal law en­force­ment agen­cies to give them at least 48 hours’ no­tice be­fore a sus­pected im­mi­grant is re­leased from a jail or to hold the per­son for up to 48 hours af­ter they nor­mally would be re­leased.

Is Ses­sions right about vi­o­lence con­nected to de­tain­ers?

There cer­tainly have been a hand­ful of high-pro­file and tragic cases in re­cent years in­volv­ing im­mi­grants in the coun­try il­le­gally who were re­leased by local jails, de­spite the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts to de­tain them for civil im­mi­gra­tion vi­o­la­tions.

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