City of Alameda Loses Federal Law Enforcement Grant Due to Sanctuary Status

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The City of Alameda is refusing to re-apply for a federal law enforcement grant that, under the Trump administration, recently added new requirements regarding immigration status disclosures.

Over the past decade, the U.S. Department of Justice Assistance Grant has provided Alameda with between $12,000 and $32,000 per year to be used for law enforcement, including crime prevention and drug treatment programs. This year the estimated grant award to the city would have been around $11,500, according to Alameda officials.

But both the city manager and city attorney refused to sign a part of the grant application that was recently added by the Trump administration, requiring Alameda to freely release information about immigration or citizenship status. As a result, the city is now ineligible for the federal award.

The grant, however, previously covered less than a percent of costs for the city’s police department each year, which now has a total budget of more than $32 million.

“At the end of the day, this is a very small funding source,” said city spokesperson Sarah Henry, in an interview. “But any funding source is important.”

The city’s refusal to share immigration status with the federal government follows its adoption of a sanctuary city status in January. This is the only grant that is expected to be lost as a result of the city’s commitment to not releasing immigration status, according to Henry.

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