‘Sanctuary California’ Faces Bankruptcy if Trump Withholds Federal Funds

california empty pocketsAlthough Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti warned President-elect Trump that defunding sanctuary cities would cause “social, economic and security problems,” Sanctuary California could face bankruptcy if the Trump administration follows through on threats to pull billions in federal funding.

There are 300 “sanctuary cities” and counties around the United States that have policies in place blocking local law enforcement from complying with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests for immigration holds.

An ICE detainer is a written request for a local jail or other law enforcement agency to detain an individual for an additional 48 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) after his or her release date, in order to provide ICE agents extra time to decide whether to take the individual into federal custody for removal purposes.

The Department of Justice’s Inspector General issued a memorandum in August that advised that sanctuary city practices violate federal law. The IG finding empowers Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), if confirmed as U.S. Attorney General, to strip sanctuary cities — including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C. — of certain federal law enforcement grants. He can also seek court orders to strip federal grants from any government entities refusing to comply with U.S. laws.

Sessions applauded the finding: “Now, the law and the American people demand that this administration cease its acquiescence in this illegality. The Obama administration must immediately take action to withhold significant federal law enforcement funding for these offending jurisdictions.”

Mayor Garcetti and other big city Democrat mayors have defiantly said after Trump’s election that despite the federal government providing an average of 25 percent of state and local government general revenues, they still will not comply with ICE holds.

The reason local government can afford to flout the incoming Trump administration without much fear,is that 95 percent of the $620 billion in federal intergovernmental transfers are block-granted directly to states, who then make transfers to their cities and counties. Direct federal block grants to local government amount to only about $30 billion, and half of that is untouchable as public health and Homeland Security funds.

But there are four Democrat-controlled “Sanctuary States” that are also defying federal law by refusing to honor ICE detainer requests for immigration holds. Connecticut, New Mexico, and Colorado receive relatively small amounts of federal dollars due to low population. But the State of California, with the largest population, is the top receiver of federal funds in the nation.

Of California’s $252.5 billion in total estimated government spending for fiscal year 2015, the federal government provided $93.6 billion, or 37 percent. That works out to a stunning $6,451 for every man, woman and child in the state.

The breakdown of California’s federal funding, by department, includes: 52 percent for Health and Human Services (Medicaid); an average of 25 percent of all state and local government’ general revenues for Labor and Workforce Development, 14 percent for Education; 6 percent for Transportation; 2 percent for Legislative, Judicial and Executive; and 1 percent for General Government, which includes Natural Resources, Environmental Protection, Corrections and Rehabilitation, State and Consumer Services.

Breitbart News reported in May that Moody’s Global Credit Research fiscal stress-tests found that California was already the least prepared large state to weather the next recession. The credit rating service followed up in August with a warning to municipal bondholders that the plummeting financial condition of many California counties, cities, school districts and other agencies would soon result in large numbers of municipal bankruptcy filings.

The only time in the last 40 years California that suffered a 3.7 percent or more of GDP decline was the 4.4 percent plunge in 2009 during the Great Recession. Given the state’s precarious financial condition, any cut-off of federal funds by the Trump Administration could bankrupt California and many of the state’s local government entities.

This piece was originally published by Breitbart.com/California



    CALIFORNIA …..one huge ILLEGAL mexican communist CESSPOOL..
    this state deserves to go rupt………..
    will their protected illegals get them back in the black…..

  2. Morally and fiscally California has been bankrupt by their overwhelming political choices and in particular through the “Peoples Choice” of the 4 terms of Moonbeam and his army of cohorts. Their insistence of re-defining the word “Illegal” to “legal” is mind boggling in itself. If common sense were to prevail (don’t hold your breath) the tremendous costs of health, welfare and crime could be reduced thereby lessening the dependence on the taxpayers not only in California but the rest of the Nation as well.

  3. Sadly NO ONE out here in the Golden state has a ounce of brains, and none of the politicians know anything about money. Ever watch Jay Leno’s “JAY WALKING”. well, that’s how smart we are. DUMB AS ROCKS.

    • THE CAPTIVE says

      Yes –I saw Jay Leno talking to the teens. Deplorable–can you believe it —They use their phones and not their head–and they seem to know nothing- It wasn’t this bad 10 yrs ago was it? All the fruits on the tree are suddenly ripe and ready to fall —just to rot on the ground because there is no use for them. Only the islamists will continue to brainwash them in CC and they will be held in SLAVERY.

    • Sadly the “stupid people” out number the people with brains and common sense here in California. Even when we voted to prevent illegals from getting welfare, lawsuits were filed and over turned our vote. People think they have a voice…….. Sadly……. Not so much……

  4. “Sanctuary California could face bankruptcy if the Trump administration follows through on threats to pull billions in federal funding.”

    It’s about

  5. And a side note to the fools that want Kalifornia to “secede” from the Union, how are you going to pay the $1.5Trillion$ pension and bond debt this State has. I’m encouraging all of my grankids to relocate to another State before they start their careers. Jerry the Stupid and Tax deLeon is going to end up with a State full of illegals that pay no tax. Let’s see, hope much will everyone owe? 1.5 trillion divided by 35 million people is about

    • ….$42,000 a person or something like that. I’m sure that Jose and Lupita and George Clooney and Barbra Streisand will step up!

  6. It’s too late for California to recover from the damage liberals have done. They continue to believe the federal government will bail them out. California can rot and no bailout from the federal government. They made their bed now they can sleep in it.

    • So Fed up, the ultimate point in your condemnation being………..you know the one you think serves you?
      I live in the Peoples Republic as a native born, and I am disgusted by it all. But all I want is the ejection of those infesting, and abusing my beautiful state, not a holier-than-thou persection.

  7. Here’s what Trump should do, ask politely to turn over illegals, no reply then demand them to. Still no response, arrest the politicians that refuse to comply. They get stripped of their rank and appoint a new mayor, or whoever is next in line. If they refuse to comply, arrest them and so on and so forth. Maybe we’ll accomplish two goals, one, get rid of Democrats and two, get more Republicans to run this state. Maybe Gov Moonbeam will get arrested.

    • Good idea! BUT first let them bankrupt. When there is no more money, they will leave anyway. Maybe this is the way to change the balance in the politics in California. This state is the great example of when none productive people (politicians) found out they can live off the working people by becoming the law makers. Remember City of Bell? Annnnd many more will be in the news!

  8. This state has too long been corrupt, and I can prove it. It richly deserves to go bankrupt and be taken over by honest people. The last six of the seven Governors of Illinois are in or have been in prison. The only one not prosecuted died before his trial could be convened. We have much the same scene going here, but no justice.

    Google “Two Minute Conservative” for more.

  9. I am a transplanted Republican widow of a retired Military Memeber. California was #1 in Education when I came to this State a once Beautiful place to live and raise your children. Now going rapidly down the drain. I am vastly outnumbered by Radical Liberal Democrats who are destroying this State.

  10. CA, CO, CT, & NM wish to pursue “sanctuary policies”, and that is their right – they just can’t expect the Federal Government to finance them when it involves violation of Federal Law.

    • No Askeptic, fomenting sedition is not a right of any state. Attacking federal soveriegnty regarding the mandated duty of interior security (not an option as the sedititious Eric Holder implied and lied about by his actions), is fomenting insurrection against our Constitution. And yes, financially starving the beast that does it is perfectly justifiable.

  11. We will need a metamorphosis to common sense policy and it may be painful for a while, but it will be worth it. It is not in the American interest to allow California to fail. Take heart. Just when you think there is no hope and the day is dark, a new day will dawn in the Golden State. Keep the faith.
    The new administration will provide leadership and the reality of success, and inspire patriotism. In time his work will re-educate the country to understand our foolish past choices. Schools will again truly educate our young. Everything runs in cycles and we will again move to critical mass enlightenment of America and the American dream. GO TRUMP!

    • I agree that the Union benefits by a healthy Golden State. But clearly a shift in regimes must oddur with the socialist progressives being shuffled into histories dust bin, and a responsible Sacremento is renewed, before “a new day will dawn in the Golden State.”
      That cadillac buraeucracy of Big Daddy Jess Unruh MUST be dismantled. This nessesarily means the public sector unions MUST be banned.

  12. Solution to this is to recall baldy brown and get rid of the corrupt legislature and put them all in Jail where they belong–got to get rid of baldy now –in 2 years this ass will only do more and more harm and some other crony will take his place in sacratomato anyway

  13. California= statist frat paradise, population so lost on “itselfie” the only thing that makes sense to the Crypto politicians that operate there is the indigenous prey species…

  14. California can solve its financial woes but it chooses not to. Gov. Brown can’t wait to drive more employers from his train wreck of a State. (For the record I am a CA native and unfortunately still reside here, but not for long) Lockheed-Martin, which just won a sizeable federal contract for aircraft are leaving soon. MSM has not commented on their departure. Just further proof how liberalism fails all who accept it.

    • Hi Mike E V. I think I’d say theat SOCIALISM fails all who accept it, when a viable alternative exists to choose from. The liberals of the mid 1700s, were those we call the founding fathers. Thats because they promoted the radical idea of the inheirant rights of all men, to royalist chagrin. IMO

  15. I agree that a recall of Brown should take place as soon as possible. The time has not yet come however. Yet, Grass roots California conservatives should be organizing in California, not leaving! We will live to see another day if we all stay and fight. People will always come to live in California. Let’s give them a reason to come and let’s keep “California Dreamin” alive. There is nothing gained in negative thinking, but rather in believing in possibility and acting in the positive.

  16. retiredxlr8r says

    The States nor any City has any authority over an immigration issue. It is a Constitutional authority of the Federal Government.
    That being said, any problems caused to California or its cities are their own fault and the SHOULD face the consequences of violating the Constitution.
    California, financially, is lost anyway, so why worry about it.
    Let Brown and his minions worry about it.

  17. Good maybe it will teach California a lesson…drain the swamp…

  18. What would California do without all of the useless “activists” they have cultivated? You know the “I want, I want, Its all about me” whiners? You ever notice how the ones who scream for tolerance and who are living in the shadows are the most intolerant, screaming haters? It is as if we owe them due to their close proximity to the porous border that we should embrace feeding, clothing, educating (not such a bargain there), housing, vaccinating off of the tax payers backs while they work as babysitters and gardners never taking out taxes nor reporting their status. If Trump want to have Mexico pay for a wall all he has to do is enforce a law which was legal in the 60-70’s. It was a tax on any money leaving our country (made here) and going to their country. The tax alone on money going to Mexico, lets just call it a handling fee which makes it more loving would definitely pay for a wall real quick.

  19. then obey the law. the law is there for a reason, and that is to protect the citizens and not to protect rapists, murderers, or other habitual law breakers, like drug traffickers and etc.


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