Whatever failures President Donald Trump may be experiencing, he’s trying to keep his campaign promises.
This move is easy unless some liberal judge comes along to say to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, “You can’t do that. That’s waycisssssss.”
So-called “sanctuary cities” that refuse to comply with immigration law will have federal funding taken away if they don’t reverse their policies, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned Monday.
The former Alabama senator made the announcement during the White House daily press briefing. Sessions said the Department of Justice will be enforcing a policy set last summer by the Obama administration on sanctuary cities.
Sessions cited a recent Department of Homeland Security report that he said showed there were 200 instances where jurisdictions refused to honor detainer requests by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for illegal immigrants charged with serious crimes, including murder, sex offenses against children, rape, hit-and-run, and drug trafficking.
“Such policies cannot continue. They make our nation less safe by putting dangerous criminals back on the streets,” Sessions told reporters. “Countless Americans would be alive today and countless loved ones would not be grieving today if these policies of sanctuary cities were ended.”
There are no sanctuary cities in Alabama, although the Birmingham City Council passed a resolution last month symbolically declaring the Magic City a sanctuary city that is “a community free of prejudice.”
A Justice Department office is estimated to award more than $4 billion in grants to states and localities. Sessions warned that sanctuary cities will lose out on the money – used for community policing and other programs – unless they reverse course.
“I strongly urge our nation’s states and cities and counties to consider carefully the harm they are doing to their citizens by refusing to enforce our immigration laws, and to rethink such policies,” the attorney general said. “The American people want and deserve a lawful system of immigration that keeps us safe and serves the national interest.”
While Sessions said his agency would merely carry out a policy approved during the Obama White House, he didn’t rule out the Trump administration taking further action on sanctuary cities.
“We believe that grants in the future can be issued that have additional requirements,” he said.