Washington Subsidizes Sanctuary Cities

Parsing Immigration Policy, Episode 113

By Mark Krikorian and Jessica M. Vaughan on July 13, 2023

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Sanctuary jurisdictions are states or localities that obstruct the enforcement of immigration laws and shield criminals from federal authorities. And Washington sends millions in funding to them anyway.

On this episode of Parsing Immigration Policy, host and Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies Mark Krikorian is joined by the Center’s Director of Policy Studies Jessica Vaughan to discuss a new report that details how much money the federal government has given to sanctuary jurisdictions. Vaughan explains, “The Department of Justice has a number of law enforcement-related funding programs that give money for various purposes to local and state police, and a very large share of that money … goes to jurisdictions that are actively subverting the enforcement of the immigration laws by the federal government, the same federal government that’s giving them money.”

The report uses publicly available information to quantify the amount of money that has gone to these jurisdictions that actively obstruct the legitimate activities of ICE, at the expense of law-abiding members of their communities. Vaughan also explains how Congress can hold these jurisdictions accountable and discourage sanctuary policies.

In his closing commentary, Mark Krikorian highlights the Biden administration’s recent announcement of its “Family Reunification Parole Program” for certain aliens in Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, which would allow nationals from these countries to skip the line to enter the country ahead of all other green card-eligible aliens.


Mark Krikorian is the Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies.


Jessica Vaughan is the Director of Policy Studies at the Center for Immigration Studies.


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Intro Montage

Voices in the opening montage:

  • Sen. Barack Obama at a 2005 press conference.
  • Sen. John McCain in a 2010 election ad.
  • President Lyndon Johnson, upon signing the 1965 Immigration Act.
  • Booker T. Washington, reading in 1908 from his 1895 Atlanta Exposition speech.
  • Laraine Newman as a "Conehead" on SNL in 1977.
  • Hillary Clinton in a 2003 radio interview.
  • Cesar Chavez in a 1974 interview.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaking to reporters in 2019.
  • Prof. George Borjas in a 2016 C-SPAN appearance.
  • Sen. Jeff Sessions in 2008 comments on the Senate floor.
  • Charlton Heston in "Planet of the Apes".