Sessions: Trump administration ready to take back money given to sanctuary cities

President Trump signed an executive order in February prompting a DHS crackdown on sanctuary cities. "Such policies make their cities and states less safe, public safety as well as national security are at stake, and put them at risk of losing federal dollars", he said.

In Syracuse, $59,000 in Justice Department funding pays for police body cameras. A number of school districts around the country have filed a lawsuit in an effort to get ahead of funding cuts.

Sessions answered the question indirectly saying, "Well you know, Maryland is talking about a state law, to make the state a sanctuary state".

Despite what AG Sessions implied today, local gov'ts have broad authority to not participate in federal immigration enforcement.

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

The report listed several NY municipalities counties that have enacted policies to limit cooperation with the federal government on immigration policy, including Ithaca, Franklin and St. Lawrence counties in northern NY and Wayne County outside Rochester.

So far no state has adopted policies that prevent cooperation with immigration authorities.

Last week, Maryland's Democratic-controlled House of Delegates approved legislation to bar police statewide from checking the immigration status of individuals they arrest or from keeping them locked up longer than otherwise warranted at the request of federal agents seeking to deport them.

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He said adopting the bill would be such a mistake.

Sessions is known for being a strong proponent of immigration enforcement.

"And all it asks is that we make sure that any information that we collect, we share with other law enforcement, with federal law enforcement, immigration law enforcement when they need it, and we do". He referenced the murder of Kate Steinle, a 32-year-old woman who was shot by an undocumented immigrant two years ago in San Francisco. Those laws require us to promptly remove aliens when they are convicted or detained of certain crimes.

Several big cities, including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, as well as dozens and possibly hundreds of smaller counties, cities and towns, also refuse to notify ICE, which can then come and take custody of the illegal immigrant, possibly for deportation. In other words, it laid out which jurisdictions it considered to be providing some form of sanctuary to undocumented immigrants.

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