BREAKING: Session’s DOJ Just Blocked Sanctuary Cities from Police Assistance Program

BREAKING: Session’s DOJ Just Blocked Sanctuary Cities from Police Assistance Program

I applaud Jeff Sessions for this move. He just announced that sanctuary cities are now banned from participating in the Public Safety Partnership program until they prove they are no longer a sanctuary city and that they have increased their efforts to curb violent crimes by illegal aliens. The policies by these rogue cities put Americans and police both at risk simply because they refuse to follow the rule of law.

He went further to say: “By taking simple, common-sense considerations into account, we are encouraging every jurisdiction in this country to cooperate with federal law enforcement,” Sessions said. “That’s what 80 percent of the American people want them to do, and that will ultimately make all of us safer—especially law enforcement on our streets.” Agreed and it’s long overdue. The left will scream bloody murder over these cities being cut off from this police assistance program, but it was the right thing to do. Now, cut off their funding as well.

From Breitbart:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions banned sanctuary cities from participating in a federal public safety program.

In a statement through the Department of Justice (DOJ), Sessions said sanctuary cities would not be allowed to participate in the Public Safety Partnership program until they prove that they have properly dropped their status and made efforts to reduce violent crimes by illegal aliens.

“By protecting criminals from immigration enforcement, cities and states with so-called ‘sanctuary’ policies make all of us less safe,” Sessions said in the statement. “We saw that just last week, when an illegal alien who had been deported twenty times and was wanted by immigration authorities allegedly sexually assaulted an elderly woman in Portland, a city that refuses to cooperate with immigration enforcement.”

“By forcing police to go into more dangerous situations to re-arrest the same criminals, these policies endanger law enforcement officers more than anyone,” Sessions continued. “The Department of Justice is committed to supporting our law enforcement at every level, and that’s why we’re asking ‘sanctuary’ jurisdictions to stop making their jobs harder.”

The DOJ will be asking US cities the following questions to determine whether they should be banned from the program or not:

  • Does your jurisdiction have a statute, rule, regulation, policy, or practice that is designed to ensure that U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) personnel have access to any correctional or detention facility in order to meet with an alien (or an individual believed to be an alien) and inquire as to his or her right to be or to remain in the United States?
  • Does your jurisdiction have a statute, rule, regulation, policy, or practice that is designed to ensure that your correctional and detention facilities provide at least 48 hours advance notice, where possible, to DHS regarding the scheduled release date and time of an alien in the jurisdiction’s custody when DHS requests such notice in order to take custody of the alien?
  • Does your jurisdiction have a statute, rule, regulation, policy, or practice that is designed to ensure that your correctional and detention facilities will honor a written request from DHS to hold a foreign national for up to 48 hours beyond the scheduled release date, in order to permit DHS to take custody of the foreign national?

All of those are reasonable and prudent questions. It will determine exactly who is a sanctuary city and who is not, regardless of what is claimed. The Public Safety Partnership program was started by Sessions in June. It works with local jurisdictions to reduce violent crime. 12 jurisdictions are members of the program so far. However, there are more than 165 sanctuary cities in the US now that coddle and protect criminal illegal aliens. Sessions is moving to put a stop to that. Good for him.

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton is an editor and writer for Right Wing News. She owns and blogs at NoisyRoom.net. She is a Constitutional Conservative and NoisyRoom focuses on political and national issues of interest to the American public. Terresa is the editor at Trevor Loudon's site, New Zeal - trevorloudon.com. She also does research at KeyWiki.org. You can email Terresa here. NoisyRoom can be found on Facebook and on Twitter.

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