Trump Suggests Yanking Federal Dollars If California's a 'Sanctuary' — Can He Do That?

By Ben Christopher, CALmatters

The burgeoning political standoff between California and the Trump administration took another step into unprecedented terrain this week when, on a pre-Superbowl televised interview, the president denounced California as “out of control” and contemplated cutting its federal funding. The threat came in response to moves by the Democratic-controlled Legislature toward providing additional legal protections for undocumented immigrants and labeling California itself a “sanctuary state.”

But with President  Trump issuing an executive order to defund sanctuary jurisdictions, and San Francisco suing to have the order declared unconstitutional, a number of questions remain — not the least of which is “can the president really defund an entire state?”

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