DA Gascón Responds to Trump Administration's Retreat on Sanctuary City Funding Threat
News from the Office of District Attorney George Gascón
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2017
DA GASCÓN RESPONDS TO TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S RETREAT ON SANCTUARY CITY FUNDING THREAT
SAN FRANCISCO — Today, District Attorney George Gascón issued the following statement in response to United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ memo limiting financial consequences for sanctuary cities:
“The Trump administration just got a reality check of constitutional proportions. While sanctuary jurisdictions across the country may breathe a sigh of relief that the broader threat of reduced funding has been fought off, the administration has indicated a continuing desire to defund grants issued by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security. In San Francisco, if realized, that threat means less funding for programming that treats trauma in victims of crime in predominantly African American neighborhoods. It means less funding for police officers tasked with reducing quality of life crimes. And it means less resources for programming that reduces the likelihood that young adults and individuals with substance abuse problems will reoffend.
In an effort to punish immigrants and jurisdictions with a pragmatic approach to public safety that brings the undocumented out of the shadows, the President has demonstrated a spiteful willingness to cut off funding that benefits young adults, communities of color, and individuals with substance abuse issues. Harming the broader community in an effort to target undocumented immigrants is a repulsive form of hatred and xenophobia.”