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.
A sanctuary city, if you are unfamiliar with the term, is a jurisdiction that refuses to comply with federal immigration control officials and officers as they work to enforce the nation’s laws.
This might include local or state law enforcement officers refusing to report detained illegal immigrants who were caught committing a crime, or departments that refuse to honor detainer requests from federal immigration enforcement agents.
A detainer is simply a request that an agency hang on to a suspected illegal for an extra 48 hours in order for federal officers to have time to arrange for the pickup and potential processing for deportation of any captured criminal illegal alien.
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).
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.
One of the most infamous instances in which a sanctuary city policy was detrimental to the American people came from San Francisco when local law enforcement officers made the decision to ignore a detainer request to hand over Juan Francisco López-Sánchez, who had been deported at least five times.
Instead, López-Sánchez was released onto the streets of America, and went on to pull the trigger on a stolen gun that lead to the death of 32-year-old Kate Steinle.
In a statement to the press, that highlighted the new efforts by the Justice Department, 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.”