Attorney General Orders Crackdown On 'Sanctuary Cities,' Threatens Holding Funds

NY will continue to fight efforts by the federal government to revoke federal aid from cities that refuse to comply with federal immigration enforcement laws, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Monday.

Grants in the future could have additional requirements concerning obeying immigration laws, said Sessions, but fundamentally, "we we intend to use all of the lawful authority we have two make sure that our state and local officials who are so important to law enforcement are in sync with the federal government".

Sessions noted that the Justice Department plans to award $4.1 billion in grant funding this year, CBS said.

"The governor is opposed to that, I'm glad to hear", Sessions said. "This policy is entirely consistent with the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs (OJP) guidance issued last July under the previous administration.

Immigration reform should respect the principles of local control, enforce current law effectively and create a process where undocumented immigrants now living in our cities may earn legalized status". Mayor Jorge Elorza has declared he considers Providence a sanctuary city, but he also maintains the city fully complies with federal law when it comes to immigration issues, including entering the fingerprints of anyone who is arrested into a database that is monitored by ICE.

Section 1373 prohibits jurisdictions from restricting employees from sending or receiving information "regarding the citizenship of immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual".

The Trump administration has taken a number of actions to enforce the nation's immigration laws and stem the flow of undocumented immigrants. Those laws require us to promptly remove aliens when they are convicted or detained of certain crimes. Previously, Trump had warned that "sanctuary cites" could lose all federal funding, theLos Angeles Times reported in March, but on Monday, Sessions limited the repercussions to DOJ grants.

The American people "know when cities and states refuse to help enforce immigration laws, our nation is less safe", Sessions said.

Meanwhile, municipal leaders gathered in NY vowed to defy Trump's crackdown as they gathered for a small conference that attracted officials from cities including San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, Chicago, Philadelphia and NY.

  • Wendy Palmer