US Sanctuary Cities Can Legally Resist Immigration Enforcement

NY will continue to fight efforts by the federal government to revoke federal aid from cities that refuse to comply with federal immigration enforcement laws, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Monday.

"In [President Donald Trump's] executive order, he stated that it is the policy of the executive branch to ensure that states and cities comply with all federal laws, including all immigration laws", Sessions said Monday during the daily White House press briefing.

"Public safety as well as national security are at stake and put them at risk of losing federal dollars", Sessions said, in a surprise appearance at Monday's White House briefing.

DOJ grants go toward funding everything from police body cameras to officer trainings for deescalation techniques.

"The governor is opposed to that, I'm glad to hear", Sessions said.

How much of that would be at risk is uncertain, but state officials have questioned whether money used for law enforcement could be cut.

Sessions' message came days after the administration released a report on local jails that listed more than 200 cases of immigrants released from custody before federal agents could intervene.

Nationwide, $4.1 billion was awarded by the Justice Department in grants for local policing, Sessions said.

So far no state has adopted policies that prevent cooperation with immigration authorities.

He said adopting the bill would be such a mistake. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has identified 118 such jurisdictions.

Unfortunately, some states and cities have adopted policies created to frustrate this enforcement of immigration laws.

He gave as an example Kate Steinle, who was shot to death in San Francisco two years ago by illegal immigrant Francisco Sanchez, who had already been deported five times and had seven felony convictions.

The report also noted one case in Westchester County on February 1. Those laws require us to promptly remove aliens when they are convicted or detained of certain crimes.

Many cities across the United States, including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and many other major population centers, consider themselves sanctuary cities.

However, Sessions' order could impact other sanctuary jurisdictions.

The Trump administration has taken a number of actions to enforce the nation's immigration laws and stem the flow of undocumented immigrants.

There are no sanctuary cities in Alabama.

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