Sanctuary Cities must be stopped!.
The DOJ has issued California another strict warning on Wednesday, demanding it end its sanctuary state status or remain in violation of federal law and potentially lose millions of dollars in federal funds.
Last month, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a so-called “sanctuary state” bill which basically erects a wall between California law enforcement and federal immigration enforcement officers. The bill forbids California cops from providing release and other information that isn’t publicly available in response to a request for notification from federal law enforcement.
The government has been pushing for notification from local authorities about when they have an undocumented immigrant in custody who has committed a crime, saying to withhold that information, and then release that person onto the streets is putting local communities in danger.
Supporters argue that sanctuary policies allow local and state law enforcement officers to build crucial relationships with immigrant communities. Critics say not turning over people living in the country illegally puts the public in danger.
Wednesday’s letter urges California to comply with federal statute (8 USC 1373) which bars local jurisdictions from limiting communication with federal law enforcement about a person’s immigration status or whereabouts. The letter states that California’s new law (SB54) “May violate,” 1373.
DOJ Officials state that this situation could result with future federal grants being withheld from California, that threat has been a common trend in this ongoing story. DOJ officials also say they could take back funds already given to California.
For instance California received more than $18 million in federal grants from the DOJ in 2016, funds DOJ officials say could be subject to a clawback.
“In early October, the State of California codified into law a requirement that local police release criminal aliens back onto our streets. This law undermines public safety and national security, was opposed by law enforcement, and potentially violates federal law,” said DOJ spokesman Devin O’Malley. “The abandonment of the rule of law evades all common sense, especially given the multiple high-profile incidents that have occurred in California as a result of similar policies. The Justice Department urges California to reconsider these so-called ‘sanctuary policies.’”