Attorney General Jeff Sessions is giving sanctuary cities one “last chance” to comply with the nation’s immigration laws.
Sessions announced that five jurisdictions “have … laws, policies, or practices that may violate” a key federal statute concerning cooperation with federal immigration officials.
The cities are Chicago, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia and Cook County, Illinois. They have until Oct. 27 to provide “evidence” that their laws and policies do not violate the statute — or else they may lose federal law enforcement grants.
“Jurisdictions that adopt so-called ‘sanctuary policies’ … adopt the view that the protection of criminal aliens is more important than the protection of law-abiding citizens and of the rule of law,” Sessions said in a statement. “I urge all jurisdictions found to be out of compliance in this preliminary review to reconsider their policies that undermine the safety of their residents,” he said.
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Sessions earlier this year said any cities and counties out of compliance could lose certain federal grant money. However, a federal judge in September blocked Sessions from withholding those grants for now, while a Chicago lawsuit against the department plays out in the courts.
Thursday’s notice shows the Department of Justice is still aiming to make a final determination on which jurisdictions are skirting the law.
Targeting sanctuary cities is key to fighting illegal immigration, given that illegals disproportionately live in such cities. In fact, more than 60 percent of all the 10-15 million illegal immigrants in America live in just twenty sanctuary cities.