Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions caught flak for referring to Hawaii as “an island in the Pacific” when discussing a federal judge’s ruling in Hawaii on Tuesday that blocked the Trump administration’s immigration ban.
Per Fox News, “I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the president of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and constitutional power,” Sessions told radio host Mark Levin.
Sessions said in an interview on ABC’s “This Week” why he didn’t just refer to Hawaii by its name. His response: “Nobody has a sense of humor anymore.”
Well one thing’s for sure. Liberals aren’t going to be laughing at his latest move.
In a departure from the Obama Department of Justice, the Donald Trump DOJ is doing something its predecessor flatly refused to do — enforce U.S. immigration law. The differences between the two couldn’t be more startling.
Under the direction of Eric Holder, the U.S. Dept. of Justice not only didn’t enforce federal (immigration) laws it actually sued its states that did. July of 2010 saw the first of many legal actions wherein the federal government sued one of its own states because of that state’s insistence on upholding the laws of the federal government. Follow that?
On Friday new Attorney General and boss of the DOJ, Jeff Sessions, announced that so-called “sanctuary cities” and at least one “sanctuary county” may be facing the revocation of federal grant funding if they insist upon maintaining an attitude of defiance of federal laws. Not only that, it isn’t enough to stop not enforcing the law; they must prove they are in compliance with federal immigration law.
The Washington Examiner has reported that the DOJ sent a letter to eight cities and one county “warning the jurisdictions that they could lose certain federal grants if they fail to prove they are in compliance with federal law that requires them to communicate with federal officials about on immigration matters. The statute, 8 USC § 1373, prohibits local and state governments from enacting laws or policies that limit communication with Immigration and Customs Enforcement Customs and Border Protection about “information regarding the immigration or citizenship status.”
The jurisdiction’s federal money flow could be placed in jeopardy or halted altogether if they continue to limit communication with the Department of Homeland Security about “information regarding the immigration or citizenship status.”
Sacramento, Chicago, Cook County, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Miami, Milwaukee, and New York City all received copies of the letter which drew a deadline of June 30, 2017 for them to provide required documentation to the Office of Justice Programs. When it comes to governance, guess what all of these cities have in common?
The Examiner article added, “The Justice Department said it “expects each of these jurisdictions to comply with this grant condition and to submit all documentation…”
The letters, which were signed by (acting) Assistant Attorney General Alan Hanson, draw a very clear line in the sand. Trump has been talking this game from the start, frequently being accompanied on campaign stops and now presidential events by grieving families who’ve lost loved ones at the hands of violent illegal aliens.
Could get interesting.
These jurisdictions are now in an interesting quandary. Since all of the cities in question are run by liberals all of them are cash-strapped and facing difficult financial futures (that’s what liberalism does.) So what do they do? Stick by their ideological guns, keep protecting non-citizens and say goodbye to much-needed federal dollars? Or cave, cooperate with the feds, stop bending over backwards to protect illegals and start putting citizens of the United States first?
This could go either way.
[Note: This article was written by Derrick Wilburn]