'Sanctuary Cities' Promise Legal Fight After Sessions Threatens Funds
Mar 29 2017 by Joshua Bennett
Emanuel has adamantly defended Chicago's status as a "sanctuary city" since President Donald Trump took office.
Cook County officials backed Emanuel's position on Monday, insisting that they are not "agents of the federal government" and are under no legal obligation to carry out federal immigration enforcement responsibilities.
The attorney general said the Justice Department would even attempt to "claw back" or recoup grant money already awarded if the local governments can't prove compliance.
Ricardo Muñoz says it would dissolve any trust between immigrant communities and the police if local law enforcement was thought to be in collusion with federal immigration authorities.
According to the Center for Immigration Studies, there are now hundreds of cities, dozens of counties and even entire states that now serve as sanctuaries for illegal aliens.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said he will fight efforts by the Trump administration to take away federal funding. So immigrant families who depend or use any of those programs - like taking a free language class at the township hall or using affordable childcare - will feel the effects of Trump's immigration policies either way. ICE never issued a "detainer" to the Sheriff Department.
It is unclear how such action would affect Watsonville, since Sessions appeared to be talking about grants to law enforcement agencies by the U.S. Department of Justice. The idea that more welcoming policies make these cities less safe is absolutely ridiculous.
No cities in San Diego County are officially sanctuary cities, though San Diego tends to appear on internet lists of such localities.
Seattle's City Attorney Pete Holmes says Sessions' comments are disappointing, but lack substance.
"The safety and well-being of our residents is, and will continue to be, my top priority as Mayor of Boston", he said in an evening statement.
Santa Ana gets millions in federal grants for programs like gang enforcement and the hiring of new officers.
"A nation without borders is not a nation", Trump said.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday that the Department of Justice would begin fighting against lawless "sanctuary cities" - jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration law. ICE neither issued a federal detainer request nor obtained a warrant while the suspect was in jail - it requested notification of the prisoner's release, which was provided, spokeswoman Amber Miller told The Denver Post.
Philadelphia, which has designated itself as a "sanctuary city", received $57.5 million in Justice Department grants in fiscal year 2016 - mostly to cover police expenses for the Democratic National Convention, which was held in the city.
California State Senate president pro tempore Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, the sponsor of a bill that would make California a sanctuary state, called Sessions' crackdown "nothing short of blackmail".
In Montgomery County, Md., for instance, a spokesman said the county cooperates with federal immigration officials and protested when Homeland Security said they did not. Most of those polled said the federal judge's ruling made the nation less safe and the number of refugees we accept should be reduced.