By Josh Gerstein
July 25, 2017
The Justice Department announced Tuesday that it will impose new grant conditions in a bid to make sure that federal money does not flow to so-called sanctuary cities.
Localities receiving funds through one of Justice’s most popular grant programs will have to meet two new conditions: allowing immigration authorities access to local jails and prisons, and giving the feds 48-hour notice before an illegal immigrant wanted by the feds is released.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been crusading against so-called sanctuary city policies, arguing that they put residents at risk by leading to the release of individuals that sometimes go on to commit violent crimes.
“So-called ‘sanctuary’ policies make all of us less safe because they intentionally undermine our laws and protect illegal aliens who have committed crimes,” Sessions said in a statement detailing the changes.
Sessions also linked sanctuary efforts to tragic episodes, like the recent death of 10 migrants in an overheated tractor trailer in a Wal-Mart parking lot.
“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. 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,” he said.
However, proponents of the policies say distancing local police from immigration-law enforcement improves community safety by making undocumented immigrants more willing to report crime and to identify suspects.
Recipients of the so-called Byrne/JAG grants are already required to comply with a federal law that prohibits localities from interfering with communications between local law enforcement officers and immigration authorities.
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