Attorney General Jeff Sessions had some tough talk for sanctuary cities today. He told them that if they don’t cooperate with ICE they could lose funding, big time.
FOX News reports:
Sessions takes aim at ‘dangerous’ sanctuary cities, warns on funding
Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired a broadside at so-called “sanctuary cities” Monday, telling reporters local policies of noncooperation with immigration authorities are “dangerous” and will cost communities federal funding.
In the Trump administration’s most pointed warning yet, Sessions said federal law allows withholding of federal funding to sanctuary cities, and signaled that such measures will soon be taken. Sessions, who took the podium at White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s regular media briefing, warned of a pending crackdown by the administration.
“Such policies cannot continue,” he said. “They make our nation less safe by putting dangerous criminals back on the street.”
While not a technical term, “sanctuary cities” are communities that have refused to work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials after detaining illegal immigrants. By federal law, they are required to inform the feds when they have an illegal immigrant in custody, even if he or she has not been convicted of a crime…
The DOJ will withhold, and could potentially “claw back” grants to localities out of compliance with federal immigration law, Sessions said. He noted one Justice Department office alone was expecting to award more than $4.1 billion in grants this fiscal year.
Here’s a video from CNN:
The Trump administration is not playing around on this issue.