Criminal foreigners illegally in this country are being shielded from justice by “sanctuary city” policies, said Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday.
Reading his prepared statement, Sessions repeated a previous commitment to withhold federal funding, as lawful, from states and localities that refuse to comply with lawful detention and transfer orders from federal immigration authorities.
Jurisdictions operating “sanctuary” policies, said Sessions, are refusing to comply with detainer requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for aliens charged or convicted with “serious crimes,” including murder, rape, assault, sexual abuse of children, drug trafficking, and intoxicated driving.
Sessions pointed to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report identifying over 200 instances in a single week (January 28 – February 3, 2017) where “sanctuary” jurisdictions refused to honor detainer requests filed by ICE.
“Sanctuary city” policies, said Sessions, endanger Americans: “Such policies cannot continue. They make our nation less safe by putting dangerous criminals back on our streets.”