‘Sanctuary cities’ given 15 days to comply with immigration law


Cities and states with “sanctuary policies” have 15 days to provide evidence of compliance with federal immigration laws, the US Department of Justice has announced, singling out five jurisdictions including Chicago and New York.

Chicago, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia and Cook County, Illinois, “adopt the view that the protection of criminal aliens is more important than the protection of law-abiding citizens and of the rule of law,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Thursday.

“I urge all jurisdictions found to be out of compliance in this preliminary review to reconsider their policies that undermine the safety of their residents,” he added.

The five jurisdictions “have laws, policies, or practices” that may violate 8 US Code 1373, a federal statute concerning cooperation with federal immigration officials. They have until October 27 to provide evidence of compliance, the DOJ said.

Earlier this year, Sessions threatened to withhold federal law enforcement grants from any cities or counties found to be out of compliance with federal immigration policies.

A May 2016 inspector general report flagged several other jurisdictions as possibly violating federal requirements. On Thursday, the DOJ announced that Milwaukee County, Wisconsin and the state of Connecticut were complying with the statute. Clark County, Nevada and Miami-Dade County, Florida, were certified earlier this year.

The announcement comes a day after the DOJ announced a new partnership with the State Department to share information to crack down on employers abusing worker visa programs such as the H-1B.

The temporary work visas allow companies to hire foreign workers with specialty skills. The law is clear that they cannot hire a foreign worker when an American worker is just as qualified, however.

On Sunday, the Trump administration unveiled a 70-point immigration proposal aimed at toughening existing laws and closing legal loopholes. Among the measures include transforming the Green Card system, beefing up border security and facilitating deportations. If implemented, the policies would also ban states from receiving grants provided by the DOJ and Homeland Security if they are found to be “sanctuary cities.”

States are fighting back against the threats, however.

On October 6, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law protections for some 2.3 million immigrants living in the US illegally. Under the law, dubbed the California Values Act, local law enforcement will be prohibited from asking suspects about immigration status “during routine interactions” or complying with “unconstitutional” detainer requests from federal immigration officials.

Sessions had urged Brown to veto the bill, calling it “unconscionable.”

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A federal judge in Texas blocked the enforcement of a state “sanctuary cities” law in August. The Texas Senate Bill 4 would have required local law enforcement to assist federal immigration agents. Judge Orlando Garcia said the measure would “erode public trust and make many communities and neighborhoods less safe.”

Officials in Denver, Colorado, passed an ordinance in August restricting local officials’ cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

In early August, Chicago sued the federal government over the threat to withhold law enforcement grants. The city argued the federal policy is forcing the city to choose between its constitutional rights and funding for law enforcement.

Via RT. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license.

  • Tark McCoy

    Day 16 began one of a series of saturation bombing runs by US forces on these ‘sanctuaries.’

  • Sallie Ann

    The Sanctuary cities are going to lawyerup and file lawsuits saying that Donald can’t withhold their funding. Anything to stall the inevitable….anything to stall for time.

    How is this going to be enforced? Just yanking the money is not going to work….they will keep filing more and more lawsuits to ensure their money train keeps on rolling.

  • Greg Straw

    Arrest all the governors who don’t comply, start with that scumbag Jerry Brownshirt.

  • Dred Dormammu

    Jersey City is another “Sanctuary Dump”

  • Disqus-helpsGOVTbreaklaws&kill

    Nov. 4th .
    soros mask wearing antifa govt employee labor unions
    plan numerous nationwide riots to create civil unrest… suspend &
    overthrow our constitutional republic ..& usher in 1 world govt
    ….under martial law continuity of govt loopholes.

  • Disqus-helpsGOVTbreaklaws&kill

    title-8 already is law
    ……….those who aid or harbor illegals are felons & cannot hold office

  • Disqus-helpsGOVTbreaklaws&kill

    the govt has created laws which funnel money to govt employees themselves
    for title 8
    violations = aid to illegals ..sanctuary cities for example

  • Zaphod Braden

    The “Sanctuary City/State Financial and Criminal Accountability Law”
    Every politician that votes for or endorses the mythical “sanctuary” from Federal Immigration Law shall be subject to obtaining and providing a Surety Bond to secure 100% Reparations to any Legal Citizen injured, murdered, raped, robbed, or in any way harmed, including mental distress, by said Illegal persons in the area. By their refusal to honor their oath to uphold the Constitution and the Law of the land the said politicians have negated any “governmental immunity”. Said politicians are Personally Criminal Accomplices to any crimes committed by the Criminals they are Harboring. Said politicians are Personally Financially Liable for damages, reparations, and to “make whole” any Legal Citizen harmed by the Criminals they are Harboring.

  • Zaphod Braden

    —— RULES of SANCTUARY ——-
    you want “sanctuary? you live by the RULES,
    but ILLEGALS broke the RULES to get into America so they cannot HAVE sanctuary
    because ILLEGALS don’t want to live BY THE RULES of sanctuary
    The fugitive had to remain within the walls of the sanctuary, abandon his or her oath to the king, followed which they had a short period of time to leave the country.
    READ THAT AGAIN — “a short period of time to LEAVE THE COUNTRY.”
    They were considered to be “dead”, so much so that their land was forfeited to the King and their wife considered to be a widow. If they refused to renounce their oath, they could be starved out of the sanctuary.
    Henry VIII of England even took to branding them with a hot iron before they left the country just in case they tried to return; they could then be quickly spotted and arrested.
    ecclesiastical immunity has no legal standing.

  • George_Costanza

    How about the 1,000 pound elephant in the room?
    The violation of the 14th Amendment by ALL the states?
    Citizenship in something you inherit from your parents. So if foreign nationals come here and pop a kid out, documentation needs to be provided that mother is a US citizen, before a birth certificate is provided.