The DOJ on Wednesday threatened to subpoena 23 jurisdictions across the country if they don’t turn over information about their sanctuary city policies toward illegal aliens.
In letters to New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, and other jurisdictions, the Justice Department demanded records relating to whether these localities are “unlawfully restricting information sharing by law enforcement officers with federal immigration authorities.”
“I continue to urge all jurisdictions under review to reconsider policies that place the safety of their communities and their residents at risk,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. “Protecting criminal aliens from federal immigration authorities defies common sense and undermines the rule of law.”
The letters state that jurisdictions that fail to respond will be subject to a DOJ subpoena.
“Sanctuary cities” is a phrase typically used to describe jurisdictions that restrict local law enforcement from sharing information about the immigration status of those in custody with the federal government.
“We have seen too many examples of the threat to public safety represented by jurisdictions that actively thwart the federal government’s immigration enforcement—enough is enough,” Sessions said.
The DOJ letter requests documents “reflecting any orders, directives, instructions, or guidance to your law enforcement employees” about how to “communicate with the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, and/or Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”
Federal funding could be withheld and the DOJ may demand the return of 2016 federal funding some of the cities have already received if they cannot prove they are complying with Federal Law, Senior DOJ Officials said.