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How Badly Could Trump Hurt Sanctuary Cities?

The federal funds under threat could amount to more than 20 percent of a city budget, or less than 1 percent. Either way, cities could well end up hurting.
People march towards Trump Tower during a protest organized by the New York Immigration Coalition against President-elect Donald Trump.
People march towards Trump Tower during a protest organized by the New York Immigration Coalition against President-elect Donald Trump.Darren Ornitz/Reuters

This story is also available in Spanish on our sister site, CityLab Latino.

Earlier this month, Governor Jerry Brown of California captured the admiration of many a Trump adversary during a speech on climate change at the American Geophysical Union Conference in San Francisco. “If Trump turns off the satellites [collecting climate data], California will launch its own damn satellites!” he exclaimed to a cheering room.