Feds subsidize Chicago and other illegal immigration sanctuaries

What sense does this make: Chicago (Cook County) and a number of other jurisdictions have policies that obstruct federal
immigration law enforcement or encouraging illegal settlement. At the same time, the Justice Department is handing out millions of dollars to the same jurisdictions to compensate for the cost of jailing illegal aliens.

The Center for Immigration Studies has looked at the numbers and discovered:

In 2010, the grant program, known as the State Criminal Alien Assistance
Program (SCAAP), doled out a total of roughly $400 million to about 850 cities, counties, and states. Among them were 27 jurisdictions widely considered to be sanctuary
jurisdictions, which together received more than $62.6 million, or 15.6
percent of the total (see Table 1). For example, the 2010 SCAAP grantees
include some jurisdictions -- such as San Francisco, Chicago, Santa
Clara County, Calif., and Arlington, Va. -- that are trying to opt-out of
Secure Communities, the program that automatically flags criminal
aliens for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) attention at the
time they are booked into jail.

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