President-elect Donald Trump has said that on his first day in office he will halt all federal funding to sanctuary cities such as Somerville, Chelsea, and Boston, potentially costing the cities millions in aid. But officials in those cities have said they won’t change course in the face of the threat.
Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone of Somerville said the city risks losing $6 million in federal funding because officials have vowed to welcome all immigrants, regardless of their legal status. The mayor also issued an executive order called the Trust Act, which shields immigrants with minor or no criminal records from possible deportation.
He urged Trump to reconsider his threats and said Somerville would maintain its principles at any cost. The federal funds are roughly 3 percent of the city’s budget.
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