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JEFF SESSIONS ISSSUES STUNNING STATEMENT TO SANCTUARY CITIES

Despite facing a lawsuit from the city of Chicago, Attorney General Jeff Sessions made it clear on Wednesday that the federal government would not back down from its threat to withhold grants from cities that do not comply with immigration authorities. In Miami to praise his host city for denouncing their own sanctuary policies, Sessions said that his Department of Justice was committed to holding places like Chicago accountable for their misguided policies.

“I know that Miami-Dade will be an example of the good that comes from following the law. We have already seen that: The same Independence Day weekend when Chicago suffered more than 100 shootings and 15 homicides, Miami-Dade also had a historic number of shooting deaths—zero,” Sessions said.

The attorney general said that sanctuary cities posed a threat to their own communities and castigated them for having “the gall to feign outrage when their police departments lose federal funds as a direct result of their malfeasance.”

“So to all ‘sanctuary’ jurisdictions across the country, I say this: Miami-Dade is doing it, and so can you,” Sessions said. “Work with us to enforce a lawful immigration system that keeps us safe and serves our national interest. The Department of Justice will not concede a single block or street corner in the United States to lawlessness or crime. Nor will we tolerate the loss of innocent life because a handful of jurisdictions believe that they are above the law.”

On Monday, both San Francisco and the entire state of California joined Chicago in filing lawsuits against the Justice Department. The suits claim that the DOJ needs authority from Congress if they want to attach strings to funding grants.

“The Trump administration cannot manipulate federal grant fund requirements to pressure states, counties, or municipalities to enforce federal immigration laws,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said. “By placing unconstitutional immigration enforcement conditions on public safety grants, the Trump administration is threatening to harm a range of law enforcement initiatives across California. This is pure intimidation intended to force our law enforcement into changing the policies and practices that they have determined promote public safety.”

We’d predict that these lawsuits have no shot of being successful, but we’ve learned to hedge our bets in the Trump era where you have liberal judges virtually ignoring the law in favor of their own activist beliefs. There’s no decent legal argument that says the federal government HAS to give funds to municipalities that refuse to enforce federal law; it is utterly absurd to think otherwise. But, when it comes to this administration’s policies, we’ve seen the “utterly absurd” transpire time and again in courts, especially on the West coast.

Hopefully, that won’t happen this time. If it does, these cities may have to simply wait and see for themselves how destructive these sanctuary policies are. We doubt it will take long.

IT’S OVER: Right After Rahm Emanuel Sues Trump, Sessions STRIKES BACK Brutally!

Attorney General Jeff Sessions just issued a brutal message to Chicago after filing a lawsuit over the Justice Department threatening to withhold federal funds from sanctuary cities.

        Jeff Sessions had a few words for Chicago.

“This administration is committed to the rule of law and to enforcing the laws established by Congress. To a degree perhaps unsurpassed by any other jurisdiction, the political leadership of Chicago has chosen deliberately and intentionally to adopt a policy that obstructs this country’s lawful immigration system,” he stated.

 

Rahm Emanuel, the city’s mayor, said that what the Justice Department stated was ‘blackmail’. 

“Chicago will not be blackmailed into changing our values, and we are and will remain a welcoming city,” Emanuel said. “The federal government should be working with cities to provide necessary resources to improve public safety, not concocting new schemes to reduce our crime-fighting resources.”

Sessions came back with fire in his words:

He said the city of Chicago has chosen to protect “criminal aliens who prey on their own residents” instead of enforcing laws meant to protect law enforcement, according to Fox News.

Jeff Sessions said that the “open hostility” against protecting law enforcement while protecting criminal aliens was astounding. Especially already taking into account the city’s crime rate.

“The city’s leaders cannot follow some laws and ignore others and reasonably expect this horrific situation to improve,” Sessions continued.

Emanuel “complains that the federal government’s focus on enforcing the law would require a ‘reordering of law enforcement practice in Chicago,’” Sessions said. “But that’s just what Chicago needs: a recommitment to the rule of law and to policies that rollback the culture of lawlessness that has beset the city.”

“Chicago will not let our police officers become political pawns in a debate,” Emanuel said. “Chicago will not let our residents have their fundamental rights isolated and violated. And Chicago will never relinquish our status as a welcoming city.”

Sessions struck back with a final statement:

“This administration will not simply give away grant dollars to city governments that proudly violate the rule of law and protect criminal aliens at the expense of public safety,” Sessions concluded. “So it’s this simple: Comply with the law or forego taxpayer dollars.”

 

ICE’s Chief: Sanctuary Cities Put Politics Over Public Safety

by Jack Davis

Four of America’s largest cities have made politics more important than public safety, the acting head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a recent interview.

“The street cops that I talk to want to help,” ICE Director Thomas D. Homan told the Washington Examiner last month. “It’s the politicians who want to make this a political game. It’s not a political game. This is a matter of public safety and life and death we shouldn’t be playing politics with this.”

Homan said that New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco are the nation’s worst sanctuary cities.

“In the last year, I’ve read all these stories of how the crime rate has exploded in Chicago, and the president’s trying to help them. We’re stepping up our game in Chicago. Is Chicago doing everything that it can to decrease the criminal activity up there? I say no,” Homan said.

“I say no because if you’re an illegal alien, and you get arrested in the United States for a crime, and you get booked in Cook County, Chicago, my officers aren’t allowed in the jail. They don’t accept our detainers. They don’t share information with us,” he added.

Homan said that by providing criminals with sanctuary, they will simply commit more crimes.

“Why would Cook County not want my officers, federal law enforcement officers, to go talk to somebody who is illegally in the United States that committed yet another crime against the citizens of this country? It’s ludicrous,” he said.

But, the one-time Border Patrol agent said, “They’re a sanctuary city, they’re proud of it.”

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Sunday that Chicago will not bend on its sanctuary policies and will sue the Trump administration, which has said cities that don’t comply with federal immigration rules won’t be eligible for federal grants.

The Justice Department has fought back against Chicago.

“In 2016, more Chicagoans were murdered than in New York City and Los Angeles combined. So it’s especially tragic that the mayor is less concerned with that staggering figure than he is spending time and taxpayer money protecting criminal aliens and putting Chicago’s law enforcement at greater risk,” department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores told the Chicago Sun-Times. 

Homan noted that Chicago is not alone. San Francisco, where Kate Steinle was shot to death in 2015 by an illegal immigrant who had been deported multiple times, has forgotten her story. As for New York City, he said the lesson of 9/11 was lost on The Big Apple.

“Let’s talk about New York City, the site of the most horrific terrorist event in this nation’s history, and they don’t accept our detainers,” he said.

“These jurisdictions, these cities, are choosing to shield people who violated the laws of this country that committed a crime against this country; they’re going to shield them. So, what’s next? Sanctuary cities for people who don’t want to pay their taxes?” he asked.

Homan said that sanctuary cities do not help this country.

“Sanctuary cities, in my opinion, are un-American,” he said.

Tucker Carlson Slams Sanctuary City Advocate’s Undocumented ‘Facts’: ‘You Think People Are So Stupid’

When Tucker Carlson cited a study refuting a sanctuary city advocate’s claim that sanctuary cities are safer than other cities, the former DNC spokesman simply declared his unsupported claims “facts.”

Appearing on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Tuesday, former DNC Deputy Press Secretary Jose Aristimuno ignored Carlson’s data showing sanctuary cities are actually less safe. Instead, Aristimuno just laughed off the study and continued to reiterate his unsubstantiated claim:

“Sanctuary cities are doing good economically. Sanctuary cities are actually safer than non-sanctuary cities. And, those are facts.”

That prompted Carlson to tear into Aristimuno and the Democratic Party for thinking Americans “are so stupid” they will believe whatever they’re told – “even when it’s been proved wrong”:

“You know, the hilarious thing about the Democratic Party is that you think people are so stupid that you can keep repeating the same talking point, even when it’s been proved wrong

“Now, you can say they’re doing better economically. We can debate it. I don’t have the numbers on that. I know they’re not safer, because I just had a study on it.

“So, why don’t you just bow to superior knowledge on this question and just give up that talking point? Cause, it’s not true.”

Carlson called out the insulting hypocrisy of Aristimuno and Democrats arguing that

  1. The U.S. needs to secure the border – but, doesn’t need a border wall, and
  2. Criminal illegal aliens should be deported – but, illegal aliens should be safe from deportation in sanctuary cities.

Carlson closed by challenging Aristimuno to come clean and “just say what you really think”:

“Why don’t you just say what you really think, which is, I don’t believe in borders, anyone who wants to come here should be allowed to, because they’re going to be our voters. Because that’s what you think. They’re going to be our voters.

“You know I’d love to go to the meeting where you guys concoct your talking points. I’d like to say, you know what, those don’t make sense. They’re at odds with each other. This is low-I.Q. stuff.’

 

Jeff Sessions announces new crackdown on sanctuary cities

by Kelly Cohen

Embattled Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Tuesday that cities that prevent Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents from entering prisons and jails will be subject to losing large amounts of federal funds.

The funds at risk are those known as Edward Bryne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants or JAG grants.

 “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.

“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 added.

Cities must meet three requirements to be eligible for the JAG grants, according to a Justice Department official:

  1. Prove compliance with a federal statute showing they do not block law enforcement officers from sharing immigration status information with ICE
  2. Allow Department of Homeland Security officers — i.e. ICE agents — into any detention center
  3. Give DHS/ICE a 48-hour notice before releasing anyone for whom ICE requested a detainer

The new limits on JAG grants do not begin until fiscal 2017, the Justice Department said.

The change makes good on repeated promises from both Sessions and President Trump to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities.

Sanctuary Cities Under Review For Legal Compliance, May Have Lied

The Department of Justice sent letters to 10 so-called ‘sanctuary cities’ and demanded that they reply with how they are in compliance with federal laws. The deadline for the response was June 30th and all 10 cities replied. The question is; do all 10 cities comply?

Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not seem so sure during a July 6 Press Release.

Today, the Department of Justice provided an update on the ten jurisdictions identified in a May 2016 report by the Department’s Inspector General as having policies that potentially violate 8 U.S.C. 1373. Each of the ten jurisdictions were required to submit their legal analysis of how they are in compliance with 8 U.S.C. 1373 by June 30, 2017.

The Justice Department received alleged compliance information from each of the ten jurisdictions by the deadline, is in the process of reviewing them, and looks forward to making a determination as to whether those jurisdictions are in compliance with federal law. Some of these jurisdictions have boldly asserted they will not comply with requests from federal immigration authorities, and this would potentially violate 8 U.S.C. 1373.

“It is not enough to assert compliance, the jurisdictions must actually be in compliance,”Attorney General Sessions said. “Sanctuary cities put the lives and well-being of their residents at risk by shielding criminal illegal aliens from federal immigration authorities. These policies give sanctuary to criminals, not to law-abiding Americans. The Trump Administration is determined to keep every American neighborhood safe and that is why we have asked these cities to comply with federal law, specifically 8 U.S.C. 1373. The Department of Justice has now received letters from ten jurisdictions across the United States claiming that they are in compliance with what federal law requires of them, and we will examine these claims carefully. Residents have a right to expect basic compliance with federal law from their local and state governments.

It is clear that most of these cities won’t pass the test for compliance. Many have laws that specifically prohibit local law enforcement from assisting Immigration and Customs Enforcement with deportations.

The Trump Administration needs to nip this in bud before it becomes an even bigger problem than it already is. It is good to see that Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice are taking the first step.

 

“Sanctuary Cities” Are Running Out of Friends… Fast

By Benjamin Arie

Liberals act is if the entire country is on their side on the issue of illegal immigration, but the reality is often the opposite.

In the short time since Donald Trump has taken office, well over half of the states in the country have proposed legislation to make “sanctuary cities” a thing of the past… and more may be joining the bandwagon soon.

Texas was one of the most prominent states to get on board. According to The New American, Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill on May 7 that essentially bans sanctuary cities.

“The Texas law, which takes effect September 1, comes on the heels of the Trump administration’s policies to expand immigration enforcement in general, and in particular to penalize so-called sanctuary jurisdictions that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities,” explained the Migration Policy Institute.

Texas may be the Lone Star State, but it’s certainly not alone on the issue of sanctuary cities.

“While Texas was the first state to pass a sweeping law focused on illegal immigration since the presidential election, at least 32 other states have introduced immigration enforcement bills,” MPI elaborated.

Justice ends funding to ‘sanctuary cities’ in huge House GOP victory

BY Paul Bedard

Finally acting on a promise made to House leaders, the Justice Department on Thursday shut off funding to so-called “sanctuary cities” that ignore federal laws and protect illegal immigrants wanted for crimes.

“Today, the DOJ notified local and state law enforcement agencies across America that they will no longer be eligible for federal law enforcement grants unless they certify under oath that their local or state laws do not interfere ‘in any way’ with requests for immigration information from federal authorities,” according to Texas Rep. John Culberson who demanded action earlier this year.

Justice sent Culberson a letter detailing the new rules that cut off several Justice grants, many to law enforcement, if cities like San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and over 300 others block access to criminal illegals sought by federal authorities.

It is a huge victory for Culberson, chairman of the Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee on Appropriations, and others who sought to shut down the once secret system in cities. The practice of taking federal money then refusing to give up criminal illegals became public after the 2015 San Francisco killing of Kate Steinle allegedly by an illegal immigrant who had been deported for crimes several times.
“Sanctuary cities are a hub for illegal aliens and criminal activity, and we’ve seen the tragic results of these policies time and time again. It has been more than a year since Kate Steinle was murdered at the hands of a criminal illegal alien who intentionally sought out shelter in San Francisco due to the city’s sanctuary policies. This violence and suffering is intolerable and completely preventable,” said Culberson.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner’s “Washington Secrets” columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com

DOJ Forced to Take Action on Sanctuary Cities by Rep. John Culberson

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by BOB PRICE
Texas Rep. John Culberson (R-TX)
scored a major victory this week in the battle against sanctuary cities. This victory follows on the heels of his victory in stopping the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) attempted ban on .223 caliber ammo. Both events were accomplished by using the House’s power of the purse.

The surprise announcement on sanctuary cities came this week during a hearing of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies chaired by Culberson. During that hearing U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch addressed two key issues regarding sanctuary cities after Culberson had expressed concerns in a letter (attached below). The Houston-based congressman was concerned about grant requests from these cities that choose to ignore federal law.

Attorney General Lynch announced a new policy regarding immigration detainers and federal grant funding to local law enforcement authorities, according to a statement from the congressman’s office obtained by Breitbart Texas.

First, the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is implementing a new policy regarding immigration detainers. The BOP will now release prisoners with immigration detainers directly to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers instead of sanctuary cities.

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Texas Rep. John Culberson (R-TX)60%
scored a major victory this week in the battle against sanctuary cities. This victory follows on the heels of his victory in stopping the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) attempted ban on .223 caliber ammo. Both events were accomplished by using the House’s power of the purse.

The surprise announcement on sanctuary cities came this week during a hearing of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies chaired by Culberson. During that hearing U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch addressed two key issues regarding sanctuary cities after Culberson had expressed concerns in a letter (attached below). The Houston-based congressman was concerned about grant requests from these cities that choose to ignore federal law.

Attorney General Lynch announced a new policy regarding immigration detainers and federal grant funding to local law enforcement authorities, according to a statement from the congressman’s office obtained by Breitbart Texas.

First, the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is implementing a new policy regarding immigration detainers. The BOP will now release prisoners with immigration detainers directly to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers instead of sanctuary cities.

“This is welcome news,” Culberson said in his statement. “If this had been BOP’s policy last summer, Kate Steinle would be alive today.” Steinle was the woman killed by a criminal illegal alien who had been previously deported. The BOP released Steinle’s killer to the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department instead of ICE. The killer, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, was released from prison after completing a prison sentence for illegally re-entering the U.S. after his fifth deportation, Breitbart’s AWR Hawkins reported.

The sheriff’s office released Lopez-Sanchez after the district attorney declined prosecution on a decade-old marijuana case. The sheriff released him from the jail instead of honoring the ICE detainer because of San Francisco’s sanctuary policies.

Culberson told Breitbart Texas in an interview on Friday that he will be following up with the Department of Justice to insure the policy is being implemented.

The attorney general also announced she would be taking direct action against sanctuary cities. Attorney General Lynch stated the “DOJ can take action against jurisdictions receiving grants when they are not in compliance with federal law,” Culberson explained in his statement. “If jurisdictions choose to implement sanctuary policies that prevent them from cooperating with federal immigration authorities, they are putting their federal grant money at risk unless they change their policy to comply with federal law.”

The AG told Culberson she will be submitting quarterly reports to explain how the DOJ is progressing on this matter. She also informed the committee that her agency can take action against jurisdictions that falsely certify that they are in compliance with applicable law. 8 USC 1373 requires local and state jurisdictions to share a criminal defendant’s immigration status with federal authorities, Culberson wrote. The Texas congressman told Breitbart Texas it was very significant that the AG acknowledged this specific section of the law.

Culberson told Breitbart Texas the AG can audit local law enforcement agencies if they receive a complaint that the agency is not following the law. He then provided a list of cities that have been declared as being not in compliance by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). The list was provided to Culberson by Jessica Vaughn from the CIS. The list is attached below.

“The new policies the Department of Justice announced today will keep our streets safer by ensuring that criminal aliens do not roam freely in our communities, and prevent federal tax dollars from being sent to jurisdictions that refuse to comply with federal immigration laws,” the Houston-based congressman concluded.

In February 2015, AWR Hawkins reported on Breitbart News that the ATF had announced plans to ban certain types of .223 rifle ammunition. Culberson told Breitbart Texas he met with the head of the ATF and discussed using the House’s power of the purse to cut funding for his agency. On March 10, 2015, the ATF announced it was pulling back its proposed ban. ATF director B. Todd Jones announced he would be retiring from the agency, Hawkins reported in March.

Culberson told Breitbart Texas he has been working on methods of using the congressional power to reign in the over-reaching agencies of the federal government. These two cases showed that this technique has the power to cause change, even in the Obama Administration, he said.