Here was an unexpected move: the Justice Department actually cutting off Federal Funds to Sanctuary Cities.
For anyone out of the loop, a “Sanctuary City” is a “sanctuary” for illegal aliens, and a nightmare for everyone else. Those cities have laws in place that prevent illegal aliens from being prosecuted solely on immigration related offenses. It also prevents local authorities from passing that information onto federal law enforcement agencies.
It’s a slippery slope that leads a city like San Francisco to housing an illegal alien who had been previously deported five times to live in their city without consequence – who will then go on to kill one of their own citizens.
If it’s a mystery to you how such cities can exist in defiance of federal law – you’re not the only one. In a brief moment of sanity however, the Justice Department has moved to cut off federal law enforcement grants to Sanctuary Cities.
In a surprise move on Thursday, the Obama Justice Department adopted new policies that will deny federal law enforcement grants to some “sanctuary cities.”
According to guidance issued by the DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs, cities that refuse to honor Section 1373 of the United States Code will no longer be eligible for the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) and the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) grants.
Section 1373 prohibits “government entities and officials from taking action to prohibit or in any way restrict the maintenance or intergovernmental exchange of [immigration status] information, including through written or unwritten policies or practices.”
More than $3.4 billion in funding has been given to states and cities in the past five years, Texas Rep. John Culberson said in a statement announcing the Justice Department’s updated guidance.
The Republican, who chairs the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies, spurred the Justice Department’s move.
On Feb. 1, he sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch urging the Justice Department to cut off funding to locales that refuse to comply with Section 1373.
Good for them. Barack Obama won’t be pleased – but he won’t be in office much longer to do anything about it. A big beautiful border should compliment this latest policy change.
H/T The Daily Caller
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