(NationalSentinel) Immigration Enforcement: Earlier this afternoon, Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a surprise announcement: He will begin to withhold law enforcement funding doled out by the Justice Department to cities whose local leaders have decided they have a right to ignore federal immigration laws.

In addition, Sessions will order cities to comply with federal immigration laws aimed at identifying and removing people who are in the country illegally, a key campaign pledge by President Donald J. Trump during his campaign.


“Today, I’m urging states and local jurisdictions to comply with these federal laws.  Moreover, the Department of Justice will require that jurisdictions seeking or applying for DOJ grants to certify compliance with 1373 as a condition for receiving those awards.”

“This policy is entirely consistent with the DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs guidance that was issued just last summer under the previous administration.”

 “This guidance requires jurisdictions to comply and certify compliance with Section 1373 in order to be eligible for OJP grants.  It also made clear that failure to remedy violations could result in withholding grants, termination of grants and disbarment or ineligibility for future grants.”

 “The DOJ will also take all lawful steps to claw back any fines awarded to a jurisdiction that willfully violates Section 1373.”

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In addition, Sessions called on states like California and Maryland to refrain from becoming sanctuary states:

“That would be such a mistake.”  

“I would plead with the people of Maryland to understand this makes the state of Maryland more at risk for violence and crime, that it’s not good policy.”

In fact, he said, “Countless Americans would be alive today … if these policies of sanctuary cities were ended.”

Here is Sessions’ full statement:

Needless to say, it didn’t the rebellious Left long to announce non-compliance; the New York attorney general vowed to continue fighting to keep people in the country illegally, as noted by Zero Hedge.

One organization, American Transparency, said it found in a recent study that 106 known sanctuary cities received nearly $27 billion in federal (taxpayer) dollars last fiscal year. By failing to comply, local city councils and mayors are also imposing an average of $500 more in ‘non-compliance’ taxes on every other citizen of each of those jurisdictions, Zero Hedge noted.

The prospect of losing their money has some localities rethinking their sanctuary city policies. For instance, Miami has already rescinded its policy.

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