The National Sheriffs’ Association came out in favor of the Department of Justice Thursday in Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s push to withhold funds from Chicago and other sanctuary cities.
A federal judge in California blocked President Donald Trump’s executive order reducing funding for sanctuary cities Monday, limiting the administration’s ability to punish municipalities that violate federal immigration law.
“Sanctuary” policies haven’t kept federal immigration authorities from doing their job, but there have been numerous cases of local jurisdictions refusing to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests.
About 400,000 illegal aliens are processed through ICE’s system each year, and about one in every 10 is detained. In this interview, Thomas Homan, acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, explains how the federal agency prioritizes immigration enforcement.
Close to 60 people from an al-Qaida-linked militia group in Syria entered Germany posing as refugees, German magazine Der Spiegel reported Saturday.
Sanctuary cities endanger not only their own citizens and police but federal immigration officers, Sessions said, yet “have the gall to feign outrage when their police departments lose federal funds as a direct result of their malfeasance.”
Sanctuary jurisdictions will lose access to certain federal law enforcement grants in 2017 if they prohibit officials from communicating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, block ICE from interviewing jail inmates or fail to notify ICE of the pending release of criminal aliens ICE is seeking to deport.
More jurisdictions across the country, like Maryland’s Anne Arundel County, are looking to do their part by joining the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s 287(g) program.
After landing on a federal list of sanctuary jurisdictions, Montpelier has modified its policy on cooperating with the feds to enforce immigration law — but both the mayor and chief of police deny the change had anything to do with President Trump.