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Justice Department Announces Crackdown on Sanctuary Cities

Justice Department Announces Crackdown on Sanctuary Cities

Attorney General Bill Barr on Monday announced a “significant escalation” in sanctions against jurisdictions and governments that protect illegal immigrations and refuse to cooperate with federal authorities. 

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The Department of Justice is suing the state of New Jersey, based on a 2018 directive which requires police to give detained illegals a heads-up if ICE files a detainer request for them and prevents police from sharing information about inmates’ immigration status with ICE.

The DOJ is suing King County, Washington for a policy that prevents the DHS from using the county’s international airport to deport illegal immigrants and is suing the state of California over a new law that blocks the use of for-profit detention facilities – which are commonly used by federal agencies to house illegal immigrants.

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security blocked New York residents from enrolling in programs designed to expedite international travel in repose to the state’s adoption of a law that forbids DMVs from sharing driver’s license records with federal immigration officials.

“We will consider taking action against any jurisdiction that, or any politician who, unlawfully obstructs the federal enforcement of immigration law,” said Barr.

The DOJ will also be conducting an unprecedented review of district attorneys for actions that protect illegals, such as charging an individual with a smaller crime in order to avoid the federal repercussions of a larger crime. 

In New York and California, prosecutors consider “collateral consequences,” including deportation, before pursuing certain charges. Such behavior is clearly illegal and discriminatory towards US citizens.

“Let us state the reality upfront and as clearly as possible,” said Barr. “When we are talking about sanctuary cities, we are talking about policies that are designed to allow criminal aliens to escape. These policies are not about people who came to our country illegally but have otherwise been peaceful and productive members of society. Their express purpose is to shelter aliens whom local law enforcement has already arrested for other crimes. This is neither lawful nor sensible.”

During his speech, Barr cited several instances in which illegal immigrants committed violent crimes after they were protected by sanctuary policies.

Last month in New York City, a 92-year-old woman was raped and killed by an illegal immigrant who had been released from custody despite ICE’s detainer request. The man was initially arrested for assaulting his father.

In Washington State, an illegal immigrant convicted with four prior removals was released from prison even after fighting with jail staff. He was arrested for murder and dismemberment in January 2018.

“Enforcing a country’s immigration laws is an essential function of the national government,” said Barr. “And no national government can enforce those laws properly if state and local governments are getting in the way. While federal law does not require that ‘sanctuary jurisdictions’ actively assist with federal immigration enforcement, it does prohibit them from interfering with our enforcement efforts.”

Unfortunately many of the Trump Administration’s efforts to punish sanctuary cities have been blocked by the courts. This latest effort is likely timed to attract voter support ahead of the November election.

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  1. Charles McVey Sr.

    This should have been done three years ago, and if the Republicans regain the house and retain the Senate we need to enact a law that bars states and municipal governments from enacting any law, regulation or policy that bars or inhibits their law-enforcement agency’s, or Departments from providing information or assistance to Immigration Enforcement Agencies of the Federal Government in any manner what-so-ever. And insure that a period of Jail time is appended as a penalty for any member of any state or municipal body that enacts or seeks to enforce any such law, regulation or policy.

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  2. Linde Barrera

    Excellent news! Thank you for reporting this, accurately. The Lamestream Media likes to make the public feel bad that peaceful and law abiding illegal aliens are set to be deported, when in fact it is CRIMINAL illegal aliens that will be deported. The LANESTREAM Media omits the word “Criminal”. Why?

    • Tom Oakley

      Cause their criminal,fake news,indoctrinating network’s

  3. Penis Envy

    There’s a disgusting penis ad showing up every time I look at this website. Can you call your advertisers and get them to clean up their act? I see no way to report the ad or get it turned off so clearly you have to do it. I don’t want to look at that crap and I don’t want to refer your articles to my friends with that on there so it is in your interest to have a good talk with those people.

  4. derek blurb

    Could anyone explain why this was not done during the 8 years of O’Bama’s Irish bend over rule? Remember that no one could criticize him without being labeled as a “nigger hater”.

    • David Barron

      I object to your reference to the Irish in the same sentence that you use the Traitor in Charge Obama. My heritage is Irish and we don’t bend over.

  5. David Barron

    Any political office from Governor or a State to city counsel person that advocates the violation of Federal Law should be arrested, charged, taken to jail until bonded out, tried and if found guilty be charged with a felony, prevented from returning to Public Office, and serve an appropriate time behind bars. What they are advocating and participating in is a crime and they are accomplices.

  6. David Barron

    Start with Govenor Newsomr, related to Pelosi, and start setting an example there. Arrest him since he is taunting the POTUS and system by saying Trump is afraid of California. Better think again Newsome. That family gaggle has destroyed California.

  7. James

    Here is a novel Idea, if a city or a state says they are not going to enforce the Federal law, CUT OFF ALL FEDERAL FUNDING TO THEM.

  8. Robert Taylor

    A key element of this problem are the liberal socialist “judges” who choose nto to enforce or uphold federal law. I can’t believe they are above being prosecuted for malfeasance? Why have these slimy “judges” not had any legal consequence to face for their actions? Or they actually being viewed as they seem to believe they are — ABOVE THE LAWS THEY HAVE SWORN TO UPHOLD????

  9. Bob Taylor

    Replying to wanting the ad showing a penis removed…..

    Were you aware that when we subscribe to any type of satellite related entertainment we are being forced by the Hatch Act to support the gang members and criminals who are giving us rap and hip hop “music??”
    Yes the Hatch acts required business broadcasting over satellite to pay “royalties” to these sleazy people who openly promote and proclaim their denigration of women and also promote anti police and criminal behavior!

    You can’t purchase a group of entertainment which doesn’t have at least some of this crap included!!!

    How did this ever come about, especially from a Senator from Utah? Was he an LDS??

  10. Theeplanb

    Get them out! Dem-RATS If they are so inclined go build a sanctuary on THEIR side of Mexico. I’m sick of property values plumeting over pink and green houses and dirt lawns with broken kid toys and car parts. Meanwhile how do they wear designer clothes and get full welfare benifits?

    • stephen leonhard

      Many of our social problems are directly attributable
      to the democrats buying votes any way they can to support the PELOSI, SCHUMER agenda of wealth transference…
      that is heavily taxing those who work in order to support those who don’t or won’t work.
      Wake up America! The democrats are hazardous to your health and wealth!!