Questions, answers about funding threats to sanctuary cities

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"I urge the nation's states and cities to carefully consider the harm they are doing to their citizens by refusing to enforce our immigration laws", Sessions said at the White House press briefing Monday.

"The Attorney General's comments today are a direct attack on public safety", Hitt said. Sessions is threatening one of the things on which we have agreement.

Sessions on Monday warned that the U.S. Department of Justice would require communities to certify compliance with federal immigration law to be eligible for grants and the federal government would "claw-back" funding from places that willfully violate immigration law.

"The American people are justifiably angry".

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

The notification of federal authorities on the immigration status of inmates is conducted by county jails, he said.

Yes and no. Sessions did not announce a new policy but acknowledged he was clarifying one issued in the final months of the Obama administration. Sessions said the federal government would "claw-back" funding from jurisdictions that knowingly prohibit or restrict government entities from "sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual".

Just after Sessions' press conference, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee reaffirmed his city's commitment to its sanctuary status.

"Failure to remedy violations could result in withholding grants, termination of grants, and disbarment or ineligibility for future grants", Session said. This isn't complicated. The problem is we've got federal-level politicians unwilling to fix a broken system and they're looking to shift the blame away from themselves.

A Department of Homeland Security report revealed "that in a single week, there were more than 200 instances of jurisdictions refusing to honor ICE detainer requests with respect to individuals charged or convicted of a serious crime", he said.

In late January, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that called for the stripping of federal funds for areas that do not cooperate with federal law enforcement agencies and do not hand over undocumented immigrants who are subject to deportation. "We'll not hesitate to fight him, and settle the matter in court". In a survey of 2,148 registered voters by the Harvard-Harris Poll, 80 percent of Americans agreed with the statement: "Cities that arrest illegal immigrants for crimes should be required to turn them over to immigration authorities".

The governor also said that the range of nationalities represented in MA is "incredibly important to us". We've built ours around treating everyone in our community with dignity.

Sanctuary cities in general offer safe harbor to illegal immigrants and often do not use municipal funds or resources to advance the enforcement of federal immigration laws.

Many have raised concerns that sanctuary city protections can allow risky criminals to avoid deportation efforts, putting the public at risk.

"It's a political term", Healey said.

The mayor, attorney general and governor talked to reporters after speaking at a breakfast hosted by RIZE Massachusetts, a new organization hoping to raise $50 million to combat the opioid epidemic.

While questions remain about the details of how the Department of Justice plans to implement this policy and whether specific OR communities will be affected, the senators expressed deep concern about the spirit behind the new policy.

  • Larry Hoffman