“Today, I am urging states and local jurisdictions to comply with these federal laws.” Attorney General Jeff Sessions didn’t mince words when it came to calling out “sanctuary” cities for their refusal to assist federal authorities in enforcing immigration laws.
Speaking at a White House press briefing, Sessions cited a recent report issued by Department of Homeland Security that detailed more than 200 instances of jurisdictions refusing to honor detainer requests and releasing criminal suspects back onto the streets. “Such policies cannot continue,” the attorney general warned. “They make our nation less safe by putting dangerous criminals back on the streets.”
Sessions also declared that state and local governments seeking Department of Justice grants must be able to certify compliance before receiving any further federal funding.
The Center for Immigration Studies estimates there are 167 “sanctuary” cities and counties across 25 U.S. states. Their latest findings were published last week.