U.S. attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Monday that any move to withhold Federal funds to “sanctuary cities” would be limited to Federal grants, controlled by the justice and Homeland Security departments.
But, in a memo, the attorney General made it clear that the cities cooperate with Federal immigration officials, the risk is that the financing.
The memo comes after a Federal judge in California issued a restraining order last month, blocking, issued in the enforcement of an executive order of President Trump, the tried five days in office, to deny Federal money for sanctuary countries.
The Ministry of justice, in court filings and interviews with officials, has sought to minimize the impact and scope of the order. Meetings encouraged States and cities to voluntarily cooperate, calling it a matter of public safety, to honor the so-called “detainer” requests to turn over certain suspected illegal aliens to federal law enforcement.
In the memorandum, sessions said: “the Department of Justice requires jurisdictions, the application for a particular Department grants, the certifies conformity with Federal law.” But the enforcement of any of the cities, the border, the cooperation with the Federal authorities on certain immigration “is applied only at the Federal level, grants are managed by the Department of Justice or the Department of Homeland Security, and not to other sources of Federal funds.”
Question in the ongoing legal battle, the definition of “sanctuary city” and the localities that are the subject of a sanction, as well as the extent to which sessions to designate the authority in charge of the sanctuary of the countries.
Sessions pointed out immigration enforcement a top administration priority, especially with the section of Federal law known as 8 USC 1373, what are the local communities, says must not jeopardise, in communication with Federal authorities in respect of a single residence status.
Last month, the Ministry of justice letters to nine jurisdictions in order to prove that compliance with § 1373 to June 30, or risk of specific grants for the current fiscal year.
The attorney General said his Department would continue to make money with its authority and flexibility in the refuse of the Federal government to sanctuary cities. “Going forward, the Department, if authorized, can promote Schneider grants to a lawful system of immigration,” said sessions in his Monday memo.