Attorney General Jeff Sessions keeps hitting the home runs, proving he is the most productive member of the Trump administration. Today, Sessions kept to his promise of fighting illegal immigration.
Sessions announced Tuesday that sanctuary cities must give federal immigration authorities access to jails. He also told the sanctuary cities they must contact immigration authorities when an illegal alien facing deportation is scheduled to be released from custody. If they do not do these things they will no longer receive certain law enforcement grants. Police use the grant money for bulletproof vests, body cameras and other very important gear used to protect and serve the community.
Prior to Sessions’ new rules, sanctuary cities seeking grant money needed only to show that they weren’t stopping local law enforcement from communicating with immigration and customs officials.
Sessions continues to push forward with improving a beaten down DOJ. The department had suffered through 8-years of the Obama, and his attorney generals Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch.
Sessions, who has been the subject of harsh comments and tweets from President Trump regarding his recusal from the Russia investigation, appears to be ignoring the negative tone of the president. Jeff Sessions and his team at the DOJ are racking up one press release after the next. Last week, for example, the DOJ busted the biggest healthcare fraud scheme in American history.
Here is the official release:
Attorney General Sessions Announces Immigration Compliance Requirements for Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Programs
The Department of Justice today posted a solicitation for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Programs (“Byrne JAG”). Recipients for FY 2017 will be notified of new conditions of their grants that will increase information sharing between federal, state, and local law enforcement, ensuring that federal immigration authorities have the information they need to enforce immigration laws and keep our communities safe.
“So-called ‘sanctuary’ policies make all of us less safe because they intentionally undermine our laws and protect illegal aliens who have committed crimes,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. “These policies also encourage illegal immigration and even human trafficking by perpetuating the lie that in certain cities, illegal aliens can live outside the law. This can have tragic consequences, like the 10 deaths we saw in San Antonio this weekend. As part of accomplishing the Department of Justice’s top priority of reducing violent crime, we must encourage these ‘sanctuary’ jurisdictions to change their policies and partner with federal law enforcement to remove criminals. From now on, the Department will only provide Byrne JAG grants to cities and states that comply with federal law, allow federal immigration access to detention facilities, and provide 48 hours notice before they release an illegal alien wanted by federal authorities. This is consistent with long-established cooperative principles among law enforcement agencies. This is what the American people should be able to expect from their cities and states, and these long overdue requirements will help us take down MS-13 and other violent transnational gangs, and make our country safer.”
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