Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Attorney General Barr announces sweeping new sanctions, 'significant escalation' against sanctuary cities
After a number of efforts to defund "sanctuary cities" were halted by the courts, the Trump administration appears to be renewing its efforts to challenge "sanctuary cities." Fox News reports that, charging that "sanctuary" cities that protect undocumented immigrants are jeopardizing public safety, Attorney General William Barr announced a "significant escalation" of sanctions against local and state governments that obstruct the "lawful functioning of our nation's immigration system."
Speaking at the National Sheriff’s Association 2020 Winter Legislative and Technology Conference in Washington, D.C., Barr said the Justice Department would immediately file lawsuits against sanctuary jurisdictions for unconstitutionally interfering with federal immigration enforcement, and implement national reviews of sanctuary governments and prosecutors.
"Let us state the reality upfront and as clearly as possible," Barr began. "When we are talking about sanctuary cities, we are talking about policies that are designed to allow criminal aliens to escape. These policies are not about people who came to our country illegally but have otherwise been peaceful and productive members of society. Their express purpose is to shelter aliens whom local law enforcement has already arrested for other crimes. This is neither lawful nor sensible."
The DOJ has now filed a lawsuit against the State of New Jersey seeking declaratory and injunctive relief "against its laws that forbid state and local law enforcement from sharing vital information about criminal aliens with DHS," Barr said.
CNN reports on the administration's latest challenges to sanctuary cities.