(CitizensOutpost) Speaking at the White House on Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated he will begin punishing sanctuary cities by withholding potentially billions of dollars of federal money.

[…]his department is preparing to dole out more than $4 billion in funds this year, but will try prevent any of it from going to sanctuaries.

“Countless Americans would be alive today … if these policies of sanctuary cities were ended,” Mr. Sessions said.

Mr. Sessions says he will be enforcing a policy that was outlined by the Obama administration last year which indicated three grant programs that already requried sanctuary certification:

The Obama administration didn’t end up enforcing that policy, but Mr. Sessions said he’ll begin.

Sanctuaries are jurisdictions that thwart federal immigration agents’ efforts to deport illegal immigrants, usually be refusing to comply with detainer requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Over 100 cities and counties were mentioned by name in last week’s ICE inaugural list of sanctuaries.  Some of these locations refuse communication with ICE because they want to refrain from tipping off enforcement of any deportations or they are weary of the legal implications of detaining someone for ICE:

The National Sheriffs’ Association said it was looking for a clearer policy statement from Mr. Sessions.

“Until the Department of Justice issues legal guidance confirming the constitutionality of current detainers, sheriffs will remain exposed to legal and ethical ramifications,” Jonathan Thompson, executive director of the association, said last week.

Once states have clarification on how to legally enforce the federal jurisdiction, the process for effectively detaining and deporting illegal immigrants will become expedited.

Source: Jeff Sessions says he’ll punish sanctuaries, cities could lose billions of dollars – Washington Times

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