Veterans court may be collateral damage in immigration fight

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Military veterans struggling with addiction and who have been charged with crimes are being given a chance in an Oregon courtroom. But the Veterans Treatment Court and 40 other specialty courts in the state are at risk of losing their federal funding.

That’s because the Trump administration is withholding law enforcement grants, saying Oregon isn’t supporting federal immigration agents. Oregon was the nation’s first sanctuary state.

Sixteen months ago, the Trump administration threatened to withhold the grants from 29 places because of issues with immigration enforcement. Every one of them has since received or been cleared to get the money, except Oregon.

Among programs that may suffer from the grants being withheld is the Veterans Treatment Court. One veteran says she’d be homeless and on drugs if not for the court.