If Donald Trump follows through on campaign promises, dozens of US communities will feel the effects of his presidency on day one.
Trump’s agenda for his first day in office, released at the end of October, includes canceling all federal funding to “sanctuary cities.” Those are the roughly 300 cities and counties—governed by liberals and conservatives—that have policies in place blocking local law enforcement from targeting undocumented immigrants. The policies range from prohibiting asking questions about legal status to disregarding requests from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to keep immigrants in jail until they can be taken into federal custody.
The practice is not without controversy—in San Francisco last year, Kate Steinle was allegedly shot and killed by an undocumented immigrant who police had released without alerting ICE, even though he’d been deported several times in the past. But the hope is that by separating federal immigration efforts from local authorities, immigrants in these communities will continue to trust the police. If they believe local enforcement is an extension of ICE, immigrants won’t call in crimes or help with investigations, the rationale goes. The policies also help municipalities avoid lawsuits over violations of citizens’ and inmates’ rights.
So far, Republican-led initiatives to stop federal funding to sanctuary cities have failed in Congress. But under the looming specter of president-elect Trump, such cities are already bracing for cuts, which could affect everything from health care spending to infrastructure investment. Officials in San Francisco estimate they receive more than $1 billion a year from the federal government. Seattle mayor Ed Murray told locals they might need a new tax to fund efforts to reduce homelessness because he intends to maintain the city’s “sanctuary” status.
“These are our neighbors, and we will continue to support our neighbors,” Murray said on Nov. 9.
Here’s a list of all “sanctuary” jurisdictions as compiled by the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates for limiting immigration.
California, Connecticut, New Mexico, Colorado
Cities and Counties
California (in addition to all counties)
Contra Costa County
Los Angeles County
Orange County (Sheriff and Probation Department)
San Bernardino County
San Diego County
San Francisco County
San Mateo County
Santa Clara County
Santa Cruz County
Colorado (in addition to all counties)
Aurora Detention Center
San Miguel County
New Haven County
New London County
Palm Beach County
Prince George’s County
New Mexico (in addition to all counties)
Dona Ana County
Rio Arriba County
San Miguel County
Santa Fe County
New York City
St. Lawrence County
North Dakota State Penitentiary
South West Multiple County Corrections Center
Hood River County
Oregon State Correctional Institution
Springfield Police Department
Rhode Island Department of Corrections
South Correctional Entity (SCORE) Jail, King County
Walla Walla County
Washington State Corrections