Attorney General Sessions Cracks Down on DOJ Funding for Sanctuary Cities

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On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rolled out new requirements for so-called “sanctuary cities” to receive federal funding from the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Sanctuary cities must now allow federal immigration officials access to their correctional facilities, and alert them when releasing illegal immigrants facing deportation. The previous rule simply required that cities allow local law enforcement to cooperate with immigration officials.

Sessions released a statement on the rule changes, saying, “So-called sanctuary policies make all of us less safe because they intentionally undermine our laws and protect illegal aliens who have committed crimes… We must encourage these `sanctuary’ jurisdictions to change their policies and partner with federal law enforcement to remove criminals.”

The DOJ has focused much of their recent efforts on combatting gang activity and criminal illegal immigration. Sessions promised that these new measures will help further that mission. “These long overdue requirements will help us take down MS-13 and other violent transnational gangs, and make our country safer,” he said.

The changes are set to take place in September, barring any judicial setbacks.

Jeff Sessions exemplifies a rare willingness to enforce laws as they are written, and implement meaningful immigration reform. Unfortunately, President Trump has expressed a lack of faith in him for recusing himself from any investigations into the Trump campaign, in which Sessions was highly involved. If the president truly cares about fulfilling his promise to uphold the rule of law on immigration – which played a critical role his election – he should allow the Attorney General to continue doing his job with minimal outside pressure and distractions.

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Spencer joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 2015. He conducts research, and writes content for FAIR’s publications and website. He brings previous experience in state politics, gubernatorial and district campaigns, and D.C. political non-profits. Spencer holds a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.

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    Illegal immigration has got to stop period, no more excuses either, we must demand all of our law makers to deport all illegal immigrants, enforce our current immigration laws and secure that border. Sanctuary cities must have all federal funding cut off. Those in office who refuse to enforce our laws must get voted out of office.

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    Sanctuary Cities are nothing more than holding pens for prey for Illegal Alien Criminals. Never mentioned is the existence of the U Visa which protects Illegal Aliens who report or are a victim of crime. I wonder why?

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/08/us/legal-immigrants-who-oppose-illegal-immigration.html?_r=2
    U.S.Sanctuary Bills in Maryland Faced a Surprise Foe: Legal Immigrants

    “The failure of the sanctuary bills in Maryland reveals a potentially troublesome fissure for Democrats as they rush to defy Mr. Trump. Their party has staked out an activist position built around protecting undocumented immigrants. But it is one that has alienated many who might have been expected to support it.”

    Obama administration has admitted that Sanctuary Cities are a problem:
    http://culberson.house.gov/uploadedfiles/doj_february_23_letter.pdf

    But, within the above letter, doesn’t really address what the Obama administration will actually do about it to protect US Citizens:

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/300504684/What-Did-DOJ-Really-Promise-on-Sanctuary-Cities

    http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/opinion/commentary/sd-utbg-sanctuary-cities-opposition-20170120-story.html

    http://news.berkeley.edu/2015/09/04/igs-poll-californians-oppose-sanctuary-city-flexibility/

    IGS poll: Californians oppose sanctuary city policies

    “Californians strongly oppose “sanctuary city” policies under which local authorities ignore federal requests to detain undocumented immigrants who have been arrested but are about to be released, according to a new poll released today by the Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS) at UC Berkeley.”

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      Don really?…… let me see …a criminal hides anywhere everywhere . That is why he)she is a criminal…..