Attorney General Jeff Sessions announces major action against sanctuary cities in the US. He will use all of the lawful authority they have to make sure that state and local officials are in synch with the Federal government. Money that goes for law enforcement will only go to cities that participate in an effective collegial, cooperative way with the Federal government.
“We have simply got to END this policy.”
Is the final statement of Jeff Session during a conference held on the subject today at the White House. The basic legal tool used to this effect is going to be cutting funds from the Department of Justice slanted for local law enforcement activities. Sessions relies on a recent poll showing that the vast majority
Jeff Sessions is confident that this move will be well received. A recent poll shows that the 80% of Americans believe that cities which arrest illegal immigrants for crimes should turn them over to immigration authorities. This is not performed by sanctuary cities, counties, and states.
“The Department of Justice has the duty to enforce our nation’s laws including our immigration laws. Those laws require to promptly remove aliens when they are convicted or detained of certain crimes.”
He cited a recent report by the Department of Homeland Security. Such a report states that in a single week there were more than 200 instances of jurisdictions refusing to honor ICE detainer requests. These requests were all about individuals charged or convicted of serious crimes. Namely, these crimes were drug trafficking, hit and run, rape, sex offenses against a child, and even murder.
“Such policies cannot continue. They make our nation less safe by putting dangerous criminals back on the street.”
Jeff Sessions believes that maintaining criminal aliens inside the US constitutes a danger particularly for those immigration communities that the sanctuaries claim to protect.
“Just last May the Department of Justice Inspector General found that these policies also violate federal law.”
A Way to Enforce the Executive Order on Sanctuary Cities
Reference was made to the executive order issued on sanctuary cities. Then sanctuary jurisdictions were urged to comply with federal law and including 8 UC section 1373. This is the legal basis on which the Department of Justice can withhold funding from sanctuary cities.
“The Department of Justice will require that jurisdictions seeking or applying for DOJ grants to certify compliance with 1373, as a condition of receiving those awards.”
This policy is consistent with the documents published by DOJ during the previous administration. Lack of compliance will result in the withholding of grants, termination of grants and disbarment or ineligibility for future grants.
“The Department of Justice will also take all lawful steps to claw back any funds awarded to a jurisdiction that willfully violates 1373.”
In the current fiscal year, the Office of Justice Programs and Community Oriented Policing Services anticipates awarding more that $ 4.1 billion in grants.
“The American people wants and deserves a lawful system of immigration that keeps us safe and one that serves the national interest.”
The AG condemns Maryland’s intention of becoming a sanctuary states, also in the wake of the rape case in Rockville high school.
“I would plead with the people of Maryland to understand that this makes the State of Maryland more at risk for violence and crime. That is not good policy. IT is just a fundamental principle of law enforcement that if you have a person arrested and another jurisdiction has a charge, they file a detainer and when you finish with the prisoners you turn them over to the next jurisdiction for their adjudication.”
The policies released last July by the Obama administration make it very clear that you should receive federal funds if you are not in compliance with 1373. Therefore Jeff Sessions believes there will be no real resistance to this new by the DOJ.