The Costs of De Blasio’s Promise to Defy Trump

Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers a public address at Copper Union on Monday, November 21, 2016. [Edwin J. Torres/Mayoral Photo Office]

Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers a public address at Copper Union on Monday, November 21, 2016. [Edwin J. Torres/Mayoral Photo Office]
Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers a public address at Copper Union on Monday, November 21, 2016. [Edwin J. Torres/Mayoral Photo Office]
 
Yesterday at Cooper Union, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio gave a speech in which he promised to protect residents should the federal government cut funding for Planned Parenthood, deport undocumented immigrants, repeal Obamacare, or reinstitute stop-and-frisk.

“We are always New York,” he repeatedly assured listeners.

However, the costs of blocking the federal  government could come at a high cost, as Politico reports.

For this fiscal year, New York City will receive $8.5 billion in federal aid. Much of the this money goes to fund social services, the Department of Education, Human Resource Administration, and Administration for Children’s service. All of these departments could see their spending cut by a Trump administration.

However Supreme Court ruled in 1987 through South Dakota v. Dole that the government had limited authority to cut federal spending if a municipality did not conform with federal policies. 

Even if the Trump administration can’t prevent any of the current federal funding from going to City coffers, de Blasio might still need to increase city spending dramatically. That’s because of immigration. Currently, the city spends around $10 million for immigration aid and deportation defense, according to Adriene Holder, an attorney from the Legal Aid Society. However, with de Blasio’s promise to provide all 500,000 immigrants with legal aid should they be deported, the cost increases would be monstrous.

11/22/2016 2:20 PM by Joyce Chu

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