By Rebecca Savransky
March 29, 2017
President Trump could put public safety at risk if he intends to cut federal grants to so-called “sanctuary cities,” leaders of the largest police union in the country are warning.
The executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police, Jim Pasco, told Reuters after a White House meeting between the president and police union leaders on Tuesday that the move to restrict grants from sanctuary cities could hurt police departments.
His comments come after Attorney General Jeff SessionsJeff Sessions Police union warns of Trump’s sanctuary city plan THE MEMO: Frustrated Trump looks to turn it around ICE chief faces rowdy crowd at Calif. forum MORE earlier this week announced state and local governments seeking Justice Department grants must certify they are not sanctuary cities to receive money.
“Such policies cannot continue. They make our nation less safe by putting dangerous criminals back on the streets,” Sessions said during a surprise appearance in the White House press briefing room.
“Today, I am urging states and local jurisdictions to comply with these federal laws.”
The announcement was the latest step by the Trump administration to crack down on sanctuary cities, which do not assist federal authorities in enforcing immigration laws.
The Justice Department may not allow sanctuary cities to use grants from its Office of Justice Programs and Community Oriented Policing Services, which give money to local and state police departments.
Pasco told Reuters he met with Sessions last month and warned him the police union would not support restrictions on funding to police.
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