The US Justice Department, headed by former Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, has issued a deadline to several major “sanctuary cities” which shield illegal immigrants from deportation. Cities such as Philadelphia, PA risk losing millions of dollars in Federal grants if they do not comply with US immigration laws by June.
Officials in Chicago, New York, New Orleans, the California Department of Corrections, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Milwaukee, and Miami all received letters. [The] Justice [Department] said each had been identified in a 2016 inspector general report as having laws that may violate federal law.
…The letters follow a warning Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued at the White House in March when he threatened to “claw back” federal grant funding for so-called sanctuary cities, or areas where local officials limit their interactions with immigration enforcement. Officials in sanctuary cities often refuse to detain undocumented immigrants simply because they are in the country illegally.
The Trump administration as a whole has taken a hard-line stance on immigration, calling for the speedy removal of criminals while also broadening the levels of crime that could subject someone to deportation. Attorney General Sessions has taken particular aim at sanctuary policies, saying they are linked to spikes in crime and threaten public safety. In a statement on Friday, the Department of Justice said many of the jurisdictions they sent letters to are “crumbling under the weight of illegal immigration and violent crime.”
New York City could lose $4.3 million in Federal grants, according to the article. Perhaps this money could be put directly into a fund building the border wall or deporting Third World immigrants?
This appears to be an issue where the Trump is largely sticking to his campaign promises. No doubt, Sessions is a major force behind the scenes in favor of enforcing immigration laws. Immigration is basically the Alt-Right’s “red line” on Donald Trump and the issue which most animated the Right-wing behind his candidacy last year.