The Justice Department last week began doling out hundreds of millions of dollars in grant money tied up in a major court battle over sanctuary cities, and in spite of popular belief, Houston-Harris County was on the receiving end of that cash.
Houston Police Department received nearly $1.2 million this year, mainly to cover overtime costs in high-crime areas.
The Trump administration last year said it would only issue the money to local police which honor federal detention orders of illegal aliens.
A spokesperson says HPD has been on the receiving end of the Byrne Justice Assistance Grants for 19 straight years.
Harris County Sheriff's Department received a similar amount that is used for equipment, training, travel and other uses.