Law Enforcement Enforces Law? Justice Department Continues Crackdown on ‘Sanctuary’ CitiesPosted: January 25, 2018
Joseph Tanfani reports: Returning to a favorite cause for President Trump and Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, the Justice Department on Wednesday escalated a struggle with two dozen so-called sanctuary jurisdictions, demanding records proving they are cooperating with immigration enforcement agencies.
The department sent letters to 23 states, cities and counties, including California, Los Angeles and Chicago, demanding records showing whether law enforcement officers are sharing information with federal agents on the immigration status of people in their custody.
If the local jurisdictions don’t comply, the department says it will issue subpoenas or possibly cut off certain federal grant funds.
A crackdown on sanctuary jurisdictions was one of the first measures ordered by Trump a year ago, and Sessions has repeatedly focused on the policies, which he says are a hazard to public safety.
But little concrete has happened.
The administration has faced fierce opposition from many cities and setbacks in the federal courts. Last fall, federal judges in San Francisco and Chicago issued rulings that reined in the administration’s attempts to tie the awarding of grants to immigration enforcement policies.
In spite of those rulings, the department … (read more)