The Justice Department made it official on Tuesday with their announcement that sanctuary cities will not be receiving grant money. Only those cities which allow immigration officials jail access and notification of potential deportees being released will receive funding awards. The funds are generally used for a variety of needs, such as bulletproof vests and body cameras.
In announcing the policy, Attorney General Sessions stated, “So-called ‘sanctuary’ policies make all of us less safe because they intentionally undermine our laws and protect illegal aliens who have committed crimes. These policies also encourage illegal immigration and even human trafficking by perpetuating the lie that in certain cities, illegal aliens can live outside the law.”
Sessions cited the example of the recent death of ten illegals in the back of a semi-truck in San Antonio as an example of the potential impact of sanctuary policies, that they “can have tragic consequences.”
At stake for the scofflaw governments are Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistant Grants — or Byrne JAG grants — which will only go to ICE-friendly cities and states which honor ICE detainers. They are also requiring 48 hours notice prior to illegal alien inmates being released.
AG Sessions said, “This is what the American people should be able to expect from their cities and states, and these long overdue requirements will help us take down MS-13 and other violent transnational gangs, and make our country safer.”
The sanctuary jurisdictions had plenty of warning the these changes were coming. UPI notes that “In April, Sessions sent letters to several cities and states with sanctuary policies, including the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, as well as officials in New Orleans, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Miami, Milwaukee, New York and Cook County, Ill., which includes Chicago.
“Local leaders in those places have resisted federal mandates to turn over evidence of undocumented immigrants when they are identified by law enforcement. Some of the cities have passed local laws prohibiting police and corrections officials from turning over people in the country illegally.”
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