U.S. attorney general says sanctuary cities may lose federal grants


Twofer: Save money and liberals’ heads explode.

From MSN: U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Monday that cities and states that protect immigrant illegal alien felons from federal immigration laws may lose grants from the Justice Department.

Failure to deport aliens who are convicted of criminal offenses puts whole communities at risk, especially immigrant communities in the very sanctuary jurisdictions that seek to protect the perpetrators,” Sessions told a White House news briefing.

His statement drew swift pushback from New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who said his office would continue helping local governments “have the tools they need to protect their immigrant communities.”

Sessions said the Justice Department would withhold, and potentially claw back, grants to so-called sanctuary cities and other localities, such as counties, that are not in compliance with federal immigration law.

Sessions, who heads the Justice Department, said one of his agency’s offices was expecting to award more than $4.1 billion in grants this fiscal year. Sanctuary cities help illegal immigrants avoid deportation by limiting cooperation with federal immigration authorities and other agencies.

“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 these policies,” Sessions said.

He gave as an example Kate Steinle, who was shot to death in San Francisco two years ago by illegal immigrant Francisco Sanchez, who had already been deported five times and had seven felony convictions.

The city had earlier released Sanchez from custody even though immigration authorities had filed a request that he be kept in custody until they could pick him up for removal, Sessions said.

In his response to Sessions, Schneiderman, a Democrat, called the Republican president’s immigration polices “un-American.”

“Despite what Attorney General Sessions implied this afternoon, state and local governments and law enforcement have broad authority under the Constitution to not participate in federal immigration enforcement,” Schneiderman said in a statement. “As my office’s legal guidance makes clear, President Trump lacks the constitutional authority to broadly cut off funding to states and cities just because they have lawfully acted to protect immigrant illegal alien families.”

Schneiderman said that public safety depends on trust between law enforcement and those they serve, but that Trump’s policies “only serve to undercut that trust.”

Last week, Maryland’s Democratic-controlled House of Delegates approved legislation to bar police statewide from checking the immigration status of individuals they arrest or from keeping them locked up longer than otherwise warranted at the request of federal agents seeking to deport them. The state’s Republican governor, Larry Hogan, has said he would veto the bill if it came to his desk.

The Maryland measure was in line with dozens of municipalities and local jurisdictions across the country that have declared themselves sanctuary cities, including New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Seattle and Washington.

So far no such statewide designations have been enacted. President Donald Trump in January signed an executive order seeking to withhold federal funds from local governments that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities.



14 responses to “U.S. attorney general says sanctuary cities may lose federal grants

  1. Stop saying “may,” Jeff Sessions, and just do it.

    President Trump’s executive order clearly states federal funding would be withheld from sanctuary cities and states. If the Trump admin. does not act on its words, then the Left will be further emboldened in their treasonous rebellion.

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  3. The Democrats and liberals haven’t worked this hard since, oh my I can’t remember the last time they worked this hard.
    They have put the spunk back in Harry Reid! Seriously I sympathize Mr. Reid. Very depressed time the last 8 yrs. were. The liberal & Dem. are trying to make the next 4 years bad also. I just wonder? Have they all sat down and Talked this out? What do you plan on doing? Take by force? Better rethink that if it’s the plan.

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  4. Trump ought to emulate the old NIKE commercials …….don’t tip the opposition off ……………JUST DO IT
    Makes you wonder why the left would fight against somebody looking to protect their country . Is their agenda akin to Saul Alinsky’s ?

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    • japoa . . . I think you are right on the money about their agenda being “akin to Saul Alinsky’s

      I am all for withholding monies to these localities and . . . . they can start with Portland, Oregon which comprises Multnomah County. We have a new major, Ted Wheeler, and he is as left as left can be.

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    • Of course, the Left has been following Alinsky’s playbook for decades.

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    • The agenda is to annilate Western Civilization in general, Christianity in particular, and nothing less will ever satisfy the seething hatred of the Left. The only constraint on leftist violence is external. To believe the Left in America is less apt to engage in mass murder than the mass-murdering Leftist regimes of the last century is suicidal.

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  5. I believe,in addition to withholding all federal funds,since these politicians ARE violating Federal Law,Sessions should be lining up prosecution of the local and State officials responsible.

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  6. Trump has (unfortunately) filled his administration with globalist, CFR, G-S, establishment swamp rats, who whisper BS into his ear, and who will not do any of his campaign promises. “Lock her up” will never happen, and threats to withhold funds are nothing more than threats .. they don’t work. None of the DC, state or city criminals will be locked up, because if they were, all government houses would be vacant.

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  7. ManCavePatriot

    Everyone should read Trevor Loudon’s book, ” The Enemy Within”, which identifies the socialist members of Congress who are actively working to destroy the American political system.

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  8. Then arrest the felonious mayors and city council members for harboring illegal invaders.

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  9. Cut em off. Arrest the mayors, city council members. Even if you can’t make it stick. Harass them. Make their life miserable. Hassle em. Let them know they are not above the law. Time to deport EVERY illegal alien. For the safety of the country. For the economy of the country.

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  10. The dems can call everyone names, they can put any label on it they want, but the truth is, immigration laws have been on the books for several years.
    It is their choice to disobey them by breaking, those said laws. But they should be prepared for the consequences.
    The have put us all in danger and I have lost all compassion.

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