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Federal funding in S.F. in limbo under Trump administration

January 31, 2017

By Joshua Sabatini : sfexaminer – excerpt

After a little more than a week in office, President Donald Trump has triggered waves of protests throughout the U.S. including in San Francisco’s streets, outside of City Hall and at San Francisco International Airport over immigration policies and the uncertainty around them.

The national confusion has trickled down into city departments themselves, no matter how much or little they rely on federal funding that Trump last week threatened to cut for sanctuary cities like San Francisco.

Officials with the Department of Environment, for instance, have identified $1.3 million in federal funding in grants from the Department of Energy and one from the Environmental Protection Agency. The city department has a $21 million proposed budget…

Guillermo Rodriguez, a spokesperson for the Department of the Environment, said Monday that San Francisco has relied on federal funding for research and development on “forward thinking” policies…

San Francisco receives about $1 billion annually in federal funding…

Federal law section 1373, on which Trump’s executive order is based, states that a “local government entity or official may not prohibit, or in any way restrict, any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.”

But The City says they have no law on the books restricting that transmission of information regarding immigration status… (more)

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