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.

See Jeff Sessions’ full glorious news conference below.

Unsurprisingly, liberals are throwing a collective fit following news of Jeff Sessions’ plan.

Sources:
The Washington Times
Time
8 U.S. code 1373

  • Greg Miller

    It’s about time we started enforcing our laws.

  • Terry Poupart

    It’s about time someone did something to protect Americans from these murders and rapists. How many American’s have to die before these cities quit protecting these criminals?

  • Love of Country

    A nice mic-drop moment from the new AG …..

    #WINNING!

  • livinfree2010

    Good. Kick out the illegals and starve the liberals out.

    • Jean

      Love to see the Liberals starved out!

  • dsoberg

    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.

    I love the right. How they believe in states’ rights. Oh, right. Until it works against them.

    Remember Reagan.

    “I still believe the answer to any problem lies with the people. I believe in states’ rights. I believe in people doing as much as they can for themselves at the community level and at the private level, and I believe we’ve distorted the balance of our government today by giving powers that were never intended in the Constitution to that federal establishment.”

    ITS CALLED HYPOCRISY, Dumb ass. (David)
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    • DaisyToo

      What’s hypocritical about State’s rights?

      • dsoberg

        They penalizing states rights in this case.
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        • DaisyToo

          No state has the right to break immigration laws.

        • Jean

          This is the Law of the USA They aren’t following the law they should be arrested too.

        • 49er4ever

          Wrong Oh Canada. The state has no right to interfere with IMMIGRATION and the enforcement of FEDERAL IMMIGRATION LAW. Anymore than a city or county or state can refuse an FBI investigation. There are few things that the federal government should be doing and IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT is one of those things. States have zero immigration authority.

    • Manius

      You’re totally wrong and this isn’t hypocrisy at all. If this were about drug law enforcement, you’d have a good point. And I believe they’ll make that very mistake soon. But immigration is Federal jurisdiction under the Constitution.

      So you’re 100% wrong and this is legal.

    • GardenPathMuch

      Denying the states money is not same as trampling on the states rights. Dsoberg’s comment is like a child mad at his rich parents for cutting him off because the child is spending the money on parties for his 1 million friends who don’t pay him back.

  • DaisyToo

    Funny how the lawless Left doesn’t seem to get that this is real and legal.

  • CORMAC___NJ

    Good, but arresting the local officials who refuse to do their jobs enforcing the law would be better.

    • Bryant Steury

      I have a feeling that’ll be coming soon as well. Similar to Gowdy and his war waged against child sex crimes, Sessions won’t necessarily be able to make them enforce the law but he sure can subpoena their asses to come to court and explain WHY they won’t do it, especially if the result it fed funds being withheld because of it. I can see him talking to Mayor Eric Garcetti of LA, “So Mr. Garcetti, you refuse to have law enforcement enforce federal law, a crime of obstruction if there ever was one, yet you have set up numerous lawsuits claiming you are due federal funds. I fail to see how you can mandate compliance with one part of the law yet disregard and in fact scoff at another part.” I just thought of Mr. Sessions’ voice while writing that, brought a chill to my skin 🙂

      • CORMAC___NJ

        Darn right! The law is behind him, the people are behind him. It’s time to ignore the media and do what’s right.

  • Jean

    It’s time the USA to enforce the Laws thank you so much for this!!

  • oplix

    Enforce the law. Don’t like the law? Change the law. That’s how it works. It’s not “let’s pretend the law doesn’t exist or let’s not apply it here”. Laws are not a grey area.

    • 49er4ever

      Yeah baby, very yeah.

  • 49er4ever

    So the whiny crybabies state that immigration enforcement is the federal government’s job, and then when the federal government takes their job seriously, the crybaby 10 year olds on the left cry some more?

    It’s time to put them on full-ignore. Give them no energy, no oxygen, no print. Treat them like the children that they are and enforce the law. let them sue, and while they are suing, throw out the criminals. Time to stand up to leftie lunatic judges, leftie loon city, county and states that think they can have their cake and eat it too.

  • Michael C

    Sweet Jesus! The immigration law is there for a reason and if you bleeding heart liberals don’t like it, change it… until that time, it’s THE LAW! You cannot pick the ones you like to enforce and ignore the ones you don’t like… Stop posting your ignorance here for all to see… Very embarrassing…

  • April Fellers

    Do people think that Trump CREATED these laws. All you fools out there having a fit, sanctuary cities are telling people, including their own citizens that they will harbor, defend and protect someone that has committed crimes as horrific as murder, rape, molestation, robbery, DUI. And the list goes on. If I am raped and the person responsible can run to a sanctuary city and seek protection that is unfair and unimaginable!!!! I seriously don’t wish harm on anybody but it’s going to take something horrific happening to those who defend sanctuary cities, by an illegal before they understand the significance of a sanctuary city and exactly how harmful they are to their very own TAX paying citizens!

  • Bryant Steury

    “which suggests that the federal government cannot force state officials to enforce federal law” That’s fine, albeit federal supercedes state law so that’s untrue on its face. But just for a minute let’s assume and pretend she’s right. Ok fine, they don’t have to enforce federal law….then they won’t be receiving any federal funding. If that’s the trade they’d like to make and willfully agree to then okie doke, that’s their business. Good luck.

  • ytuque

    Liberals are up in arms about illegal immigrants being deported but cheer news reports about the rising death rate among poor whites.

  • Truthhurtsdonut

    People who live here should want safety for all. If someone is here illegally, and commit a crime, they can go to the moon for all I care.

  • Apple Plexi

    I love Jeff and my President, but I think their response on this issue is too polite and will produce disastrously heartbreaking results. Why? Economic sanctions are equal to a slap on the wrist to Federal lawbreakers. If you or I decided to defy a Federal Order, would we get off so easily? NO. We would expect to go to prison. So should they. Session’s wussified response is unequal justice under the law.
    But here is the real problem: Those governing sanctuary cities do not care about us. They also have a huge problem with voter fraud. You can say that the people need to rise up, but that is pretty hard to do when everyone from the Governor down to the police chief is corrupt. Add to that unconstitutional surveillance, and the ability for the CIA to plant evidence and imprison anyone, and we don’t stand a chance. They don’t care about economic sanctions, because they will pass the cost on to the tax paying deplorables of the state. Jeff Sessions response (although I believe unintentional) shows he is naïve, and is still operating under “gentleman’s principles”. It shows that he still hasn’t realized who it is he is dealing with.

  • Adrian H.

    Why not lock up and prosecute the city and police leaders of these cities. They are breaking federal law after all. Why should the entire community suffer?

  • I’m being trolled, right?

    I find it hilarious the person who said that Sessions needs approval from Congress or something. No…no, the government does not need Congressional approval to follow/enforce the law.