Sessions To Block Millions In Funding To “Sanctuary Cities” Here Is the List Of Cities That Stand To Lose Grants
United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions continues to put the pressure on sanctuary cities to crack down on illegal immigration.
The Trump Administration’s top law enforcement official declared that jurisdictions that designate themselves as sanctuary city will lose access to specific federal law enforcement grants if they prevent regional police officers, sheriff’s deputies and prison officials from collaborating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Advocates of sanctuary cities will typically stop ICE from interviewing jail inmates suspected of being illegal immigrants. Some local law enforcement officials will even intentionally fail to notify ICE of the pending release of criminal aliens ICE is seeking to deport.
Mr. Sessions and the Justice Department have confirmed that it will begin withholding Byrne Justice Assistance Grants that are designated for sanctuary cities if they continue the practice of not allowing ICE officials to coordinate with local officials, interview inmates suspected to be illegal immigrants, or fail to alert ICE when they release aliens ICE wants to deport.
This threat by Sessions is significant, because a large portion of the funds awarded under the Byrne program go to sanctuary jurisdictions. According to Justice Department records, the four largest grants, and seven out of the top 10 recipients of the Byrne/JAG grants are sanctuary cities.
Included in the list are the following major U.S. cities:
- Providence, Rhode Island
- New York City, New York
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- The District of Columbia
- Baltimore, Maryland
- Chicago, Illinois
- Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Denver, Colorado
- Aurora, Colorado
- Seattle, Washington
- Portland, Oregon
- North Las Vegas, Nevada
- Oakland, California
- San Francisco, California
- Los Angeles, California
Sessions, who has always been a tough advocate for lower immigration rates – has begun to promote President Trump’s immigration policies aggressively.
His efforts have included emphasizing cases in which people in the country illegally have committed violent crimes and condemning sanctuary cities as places of safety for these criminals.
In a statement to the press that highlighted the new efforts by the Justice Department last week – Sessions said, “By taking simple, common-sense considerations into account, we are encouraging every jurisdiction in this country to cooperate with federal law enforcement. That will ultimately make all of us safer – especially law enforcement on our streets.”