With cuts looming for sanctuary cities, what’s the future of San Francisco's budget? | KALW

With cuts looming for sanctuary cities, what’s the future of San Francisco's budget?

Dec 13, 2016

Update: President Donald J. Trump signed an executive action on Jan. 25, 2017 to withhold federal grants from "sanctuary cities." 

When Donald Trump is inaugurated as President of the United States on Jan. 20, part of his 100-day action plan is to block federal funding to sanctuary cities. San Francisco received approximately $1 billion in federal funds last year. Berkeley, Oakland, and San Jose also stand to lose funding.

PESKIN: In the same way that, if they were to cut support to cities that support same sex marriage, which of course is now the law of the land, we would stand up for those San Francisco values.

San Francisco Supervisors defiantly passed a resolution in November stating “No matter the threats made by President-elect Trump, San Francisco will remain a sanctuary city.”

Aaron Peskin is supervisor for District 3, which includes one of the largest foreign born populations in the city, and serves as the the chair of the Government Audit & Oversight Committee. KALW’s Hana Baba spoke with him about what possible federal budget cuts could mean for San Francisco.