“Beleaguered” Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday announced cities that refuse to work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents will lose significant federal grants.
“So-called ‘sanctuary’ policies make all of us less safe because they intentionally undermine our laws and protect illegal aliens who have committed crimes,” Sessions said in a statement announcing the decision.
The federal government will only provide Byrne JAG grants “to cities and states that comply with federal law,” the statement reads. This means allowing ICE access to detention facilities and providing 48 hours notice before releasing undocumented immigrants.
“This is what the American people should be able to expect from their cities and states, and these long overdue requirements will help us take down MS-13 and other violent transnational gangs, and make our country safer,” Sessions added.
Read the full statement below:
BREAKING: AG sessions announces if cities dont let ICE officials into jails, they lose large amounts of federal $ pic.twitter.com/Kdz9j7Or3p
— kelly cohen (@politiCOHEN_) July 25, 2017