City Passes on $10,500

Alameda won’t apply for USDOJ cash

The City of Alameda is electing not to submit an application for the 2018 Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) from the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ). Chief of Police Paul Rolleri advised Alameda County officials that the city would not apply for this federal grant. This means Alameda’s allotted funds, a total of $10,511.75, will be distributed to other agencies in Alameda County. 

Last year, a new procedure was established in order for the city to apply for this grant, which required the City Manager to certify that the city does not restrict sending or receiving information regarding citizenship or immigration status. Alameda was the first city in Alameda County that did not agree to sign the Certification of Compliance from USDOJ.

Alameda provides public safety for all, regardless of immigration status. The certification from USDOJ does not meet the intent of the City Council’s Sanctuary City Resolution adopted in January 2017. The resolution affirmed the city’s commitment to the values of dignity, inclusivity and respect for all individuals, regardless of ethnic or national origin, gender, race, religious affiliation, sexual orientation or immigration status. 

Alameda’s resolution reaffirmed the stand the city has taken for many years against biased, racist and unconstitutional acts against undocumented immigrants.