To Undermine Sanctuary Cities, Trump Orders Cuts for Lead Safety, Homeless Shelters, Childcare, Many Other Programs
This order President Trump issued to cut federal funds to sanctuary cities (who basically do nothing other than prioritize police priorities in their cities, and doing the ICE’s work for them turns out to be a relatively low priority when you have more serious things to deal with: murder, rubbery, violence, and so on) is outrageous and disproportionate. It comes out of the “bullying” part of his brain, which seems to take up half of the whole brain. He wants to be touch, and he really cares not a single bit about any of the effects on the public. I’m sure it never crosses his mind, which is totally focused on himself.
Darwin BondGraham reports in the East Bay Express (east San Francisco Bay: Oakland, Berkeley, et al.):
President Donald Trump signed an order today to cut federal funding for sanctuary cities like Oakland, Alameda, and Berkeley.
But what exactly is Trump cutting by removing funds from cities that do not assist the feds with enforcement of immigration laws?
His order only specifies that law enforcement grants will be exempt. That means the Trump administration can continue sending several billion a year to local police agencies. But it appears that healthcare, housing, infrastructure, disaster preparedness, and other programs face the chopping block.
Here’s a list of some City of Oakland programs funded by the U.S. government that could be weakened or eliminated if Trump’s order is fully executed.
- One of Oakland’s biggest federally funded programs is Head Start, the childcare centers for low-income families. Head Start provides nutrition education, healthcare, mental health services, and much more for children and their parents. Oakland has been getting federal money to run its numerous Head Start daycares since 1971. This year, 1,038 kids were enrolled and the feds provided $16.7 million in support — three-quarters of the program’s total cost.
- Lead Safe Hazard Paint Program: Oakland’s program to help low-income property owners remove toxic lead paint is funded through a federal grant. Last year the program was used to remove lead from 20 buildings.
- Homeless shelters and healthcare: Using federal funds, Oakland supports shelters and harm reduction and healthcare services for thousands of people living on the city’s streets. For example, last year the city used HUD money to provide shelter for 548 people at the Crossroads Emergency Shelter in deep east Oakland. The city’s Homeless Mobile Outreach Program also distributed food, hygiene kits, blankets, water, and resources and referrals to 546 people.
- Providing housing for homeless people with HIV/AIDS: Oakland case workers found transitional and permanent housing for 161 people living with HIV/AIDS last year. Without federal funding, the program will be scaled back drastically, or possibly eliminated.
- Fixing housing for low-income seniors: Last year, the city spent $274,977 to make 81 units of housing safer and more accessible for seniors and disabled people.
- Earthquake and fire emergency response: Since 1991, Oakland has received millions in Federal Emergency Management Agency funds to purchase search and rescue equipment and train its fire department to save lives in case of a major disaster. Most recently Oakland got $1.2 million.
- Cleaning up toxic land to build housing: Oakland has obtained $2 million in federal funds to find and clean up toxic pollution on sites that later become housing or commercial buildings. Just last month, Oakland accepted a $110,000 grant from the U.S. EPA to help the city identify contaminated land along International Boulevard. Without these grants, many contaminated parcels in Oakland will remain blighted.
- Rape investigations: For years Oakland, like many cities, hasn’t had the resources necessary to process DNA kits that are used to identify suspects in rape investigations. The US Department of Justice gave Oakland $312,241 last year to help pay for these time-consuming laboratory tests. Although Trump’s immigration order appears to exempt law enforcement-related grants, it’s entirely up to the U.S. Attorney General to decide what qualifies, so it’s possible some grants like this could be eliminated for sanctuary cities also.
- Food for low-income seniors: Using HUD Community Development Block Grant money, Oakland provides food to impoverished and malnourished seniors. This year, Oakland spent $20,000 in federal funds to pay for food subsidies for 5,752 people living in East Oakland through the Alameda County Community Food Bank. . .
Continue reading. The list goes on.
Did President Trump reflect for an instant on the human impact his decision would have? Did he spend any time whatsoever in thinking of alternative approaches that would achieve his goal without being so destructive? You know the answer.