Sessions Strips Funding For Sanctuary Cities: ‘Disregard For The Law Must End’

Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered a blow to cities who refuse to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement in a press statement on Monday. After calling on “state and local jurisdictions to comply with all federal laws,” Sessions warned that those jurisdictions who do not cooperate with ICE would lose DOJ funding and that the department would “claw-back any funds (already) awarded.”

Sessions’ statement is in keeping with a campaign promise made by President Trump to stop funding cities and states that harbor illegal aliens. Currently big cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia, and San Francisco refuse to notify ICE when criminals who are subject to deportation are brought into custody.

This refusal has had devastating consequences. On July 1, 2015, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an illegal alien who had previously been deported five times, shot and killed 32-year-old Kate Steinle. ICE had issued a detainer requiring authorities to hand over Lopez-Sanchez for deportation if taken into custody. After arresting him for an outstanding drug warrant, San Francisco refused to comply with the detainer and instead released Sanchez from prison on April 15th of that year.

In his remarks, Sessions referred to the Steinle case and a more recent case where authorities in Denver released illegal alien Ever Valles who ICE had tagged for deportation. Last week, Valles was charged with the murder and robbery of a man at a light rail station.

The Attorney General’s remarks follow a week of tough talk aimed at sanctuary cities by the Trump Administration. ICE also released its first weekly Declined Detainer Outcome Report, which outlines jurisdictions who release criminals ICE has flagged for deportation. The president announced the new reporting requirement in an executive order signed days after his inauguration.

  • Yehudah Finkelstein

    His name is Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III after all.

    • Alex Harris

      Beauregard is a fine American name.

  • Kate Hikes

    Good news. I look forward to reading the howling in the left-wing press tomorrow.

  • Cam

    Seems like a pretty good start.

  • Yehudah Finkelstein

    When Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III said he would deny funding to sanctuary cities, it reminded me of when my 4 twin grandparents said Hitler cut off food to countries that helped the Jews during the Holocaust! My 4 twin grandparents ended up being fed alive to the SS bear at Buchenwald by Dr Mengele himself!

    • kdou

      You’re a sick motherfuc**r How ignorant as your lies have victimized your brain. We have laws of this land and move if you can find better

    • Tony Gordon

      I’m pretty sure this is either irony at its finest, or if their suffering from some disorder.

    • ForlornHope

      How lucky the eagle wasn’t hungry that day. Otherwise your grandparents would never have lived to tell the tale.

  • Hell… it’s about time!

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  • Tim

    What a boss!

  • WR_the_realist

    The progressives pine for a Jeb Bush or John Kasich Republican — politicians who differ from Hillary Clinton only in that they put an “R” rather than a “D” after their names.

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  • Vlad le Putin

    So ICE was being ignored even under Obama. Sounds to me like some of these local officials need to be arrested, charged and opened up to lawsuits.