The U.S. Department of Justice gave $342,168,401 in grant money to 10 “sanctuary” states and cities that shield illegal aliens, even violent ones, from deportation by refusing to cooperate with federal immigration officials, according to a Judicial Watch report.
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“Among them is Connecticut, a trailblazer in the sanctuary movement that received more than $69 million in grants from the DOJ,” said Judicial Watch.
“Connecticut has long protected illegal immigrants with sanctuary policies and even offers them special drivers’ licenses, known as Drive Only. The state also gives illegal aliens discounted tuition at public colleges and universities and authorities work hard to restrict the feds from deporting illegal immigrants.
Judicial Watch noted that last year, an illegal immigrant who served 17 years in prison for attempted murder stabbed a 25-year-old woman to death in Norwich. The killer had been slated for deportation at least three times.
California, another sanctuary state that offers illegal immigrants taxpayer-funded perks, topped Judicial Watch’s list with $132,409,635 in DOJ grants.