New policy announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions orders Sanctuary Cities to cooperate with ICE or lose federal funding
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has just announced new requirements in order for local jurisdictions to receive the Byrne JAG grants issued by the Department of Justice -- cooperate with federal immigration enforcement efforts.
The message to sanctuary cities from Attorney General Sessions is loud and clear: allow ICE to do its job or lose federal funding.
The Byrne JAG grants program provides hundreds of millions of dollars in grant money to local communities for a wide range of law enforcement efforts. In order to receive future grants, local jurisdictions will have to:
· allow DHS personnel into their detention facilities to interview detainees to determine legal status; and
· provide DHS with 48 hours notice before they release aliens on whom ICE has filed detainers.
This is another step taken by AG Sessions to step up interior immigration enforcement efforts, restore the rule of law, and continue to make good on President Trump's campaign promise to end Sanctuary Cities.