During his first week in office, President Trump instructed his Cabinet to devise ways to hold sanctuary cities accountable for harboring illegal alien criminals. Yesterday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the beginning of this program.
In the coming year, the Federal government will hand out $4.1 billion in grants to state and local law enforcement agencies. Starting immediately, this money will be withheld from any agency that refuses to help the Federal government enforce immigration law.
Leftist cities like New York and San Francisco are already promising to take the executive order to court. The law seems to be on the President’s side, but he needs Congress to act to make the sanctuary city crackdown bullet proof!
I live in Denver. We are, unfortunately, a sanctuary city. Last year, local police apprehended an illegal alien gang member named Ever Valles. He was arrested for stealing a car and illegal possession of a firearm. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) noticed the arrest. ICE asked the Denver Sheriff Department to notify them when Valles was scheduled to be released so that Federal agents could take him into custody to begin deportation proceedings.
The Denver Sheriff Department did not notify ICE until 30 minutes before this illegal alien criminal was released from jail. By that time, it was too late for the agents to do anything about it. Two months later, Valles was back behind bars. This time, he was charged with brutally murdering an innocent man at a train station.
If the Denver Sheriff had simply handed this gang member over to the Feds, then an innocent man would still be alive today. While announcing the sanctuary city crackdown, AG Sessions mentioned this Denver case as one of the reasons for the policy change.
The first lawsuit against the Trump administration will be filed today. New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and other liberal cities are going to do everything in their power to block the Trump administration from cracking down on sanctuary cities. They don’t care how many Americans die at the hands of illegal alien criminals.
The Left will continue to sacrifice innocent lives at the altar of political correctness. But if they want to put the rights of illegal alien criminals above the rights of innocent Americans, they will have to do so without Federal funding.
The President is living up to his campaign promise to crack down on sanctuary cities. But he needs Congress’ help. He needs your help!
It is simple and to the point. If a city helps illegal aliens avoid capture and deportation, no matter the severity of their crimes, then they do not deserve access to law enforcement grants.
This is money that the Federal government gives to police departments to help them enforce the law. Now, it will only be given to cities that cooperate with Federal law enforcement.
8 USC 1783 reads that that "a Federal, State, or local government entity or official may not prohibit, or in any way restrict, any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving frm, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual."
Sanctuary cities are already violating Federal law. All this executive order does is prohibit grant disbursement to cities that violate federal law.
If a city wants to harbor illegal alien criminals, they will have to look elsewhere for funding.