President Donald Trump signed an executive order defunding all sanctuary cities. These are cities who do not cooperate with ICE in removing illegal immigrants. Among those cities is New Orleans. As The Hayride reported in March of last year, the NOPD has taken additional steps to not cooperate with immigration enforcement.
According to Reuters, here are some of the programs that are in danger of being cut off.
Reuters analyzed federal grant records to tally the estimated federal funding at risk among the 10 largest cities which totaled an estimated $2.27 billion.
The total amount remains unclear, as federal money can be filtered through state governments or granted directly to social-service organizations or other groups.
The numbers do not include federal money for law enforcement, which was excluded in the executive order, and programs like Medicaid, which are administered by state governments.
Though details remain vague, the order could jeopardize billions of dollars in housing, health, education and other types of federal aid.
The city of New Orleans received over $200 million in Federal grants in 2016. The Federal grants provided nearly 20% of the city’s budget. The city is asking for $100 million in Federal grants in 2017.
The city can make up for the lost revenue three ways. It can cut city spending, raise the additional revenue, or change its policies.
Legislation on the state level that would’ve ended sanctuary cities was defeated last year after lobbying from New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand.