ATTORNEY GENERAL/IMMIGRATION/SANCTUARY CITIES/TRUMP PEOPLE/JEFF SESSIONS: “The U.S. Justice Department has escalated its approach to so-called ‘sanctuary cities,’ writing at least eight jurisdictions Friday to put them on notice they could be failing to cooperate with immigration authorities.
Alan Hanson, the acting assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s grant-making arm, warned the cities that they’re required to submit proof they comply with federal immigration law.
‘Failure to comply with this condition could result in the withholding of grant funds, suspension or termination of the grant, ineligibility for future … grants, or other action, as appropriate,’ Hanson wrote.
The places receiving the letters include: Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Miami, Milwaukee, New York and Sacramento.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has adopted a hard line on immigration, dating to his time in the U.S. Senate. Sessions links immigration to a variety of social problems, including what he calls a rise in crime.”
-Carrie Johnson, “Justice Department Warns ‘Sanctuary Cities,’ With Grant Money At Risk,” NPR, April 21, 2017 1:15pm