U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has had it with sanctuary cities.
At a press conference today, Sessions announced the Department of Justice will be withholding billions of dollars in federal money from sanctuary cities.
According to The Washington Times, Sessions may even attempt to “claw back” funds that had been given to those cities in the past.
Speaking at the White House, Sessions said, “countless Americans would be alive today… if these policies of sanctuary cities were ended.”
“We intend to use all the lawful authority we have to make sure our state and local officials who are so important to law enforcement are in sync with the federal government,” he said, according to Time.
Time writer Alana Abramson does call into question whether or not the Trump administration will be able to enforce what Sessions is describing without succumbing to legal pitfalls.
Abramson writes, “federalism experts say that case law has built up doctrines that help states maintain their resistance. One is the anti-commandeering principle, which suggests that the federal government cannot force state officials to enforce federal law.”
Jeff Sessions’ stance on this is simple.
“Some states and cities have adopted policies designed to frustrate this enforcement of immigration laws,” he said earlier today. “This includes refusing to detain known felons under federal detainer requests or otherwise failing to comply with these laws.”
“Such policies can not continue.”
He went on to quote 8 U.S. code 1373, which declares local and state officials cannot go against the federal government’s actions on immigration.