This is the Trump administration's strongest warning thus far as Sessions made it clear that federal law allows withholding of federal money to sanctuary cities and the administration will take that step.
"Such policies cannot continues," Session said. "They make our nation less safe by putting dangerous criminals back on the street."
Although the term 'sanctuary cities' is not technically true, it refers to communities that refuse to work in conjunction with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials after detaining illegal immigrants who have broken the law. Federal law requires communities to inform the federal authorities when they have an illegal alien in custody, even if not convicted of a crime.
Liberal cities run by politicians who are not personally affected by illegal immigrant crime, such as New York, LA, and Chicago, along with a host of smaller counties, cities and towns, also refuse to notify ICE, who can then take custody of the illegal immigrant and possibly deport him or her back to the country of their origin.
"The American people know that when cities and states refuse to help enforce immigration laws, our nation is less safe," Sessions said, and gave Kate Steinle, the young woman killed by an illegal alien when walking with her father. The illegal alien had been deported five times with seven felonies. He was released from custody by local authorities just eleven weeks before shooting Ms. Steinle to death.
Sessions said that communities applying for DoJ grants will be required to show they are following immigration law.
Gee, that's a novel idea.