Nearly thirty American locals and the politicians leading them have until December 8 to follow the law or they face the loss of federal funds.
In the one area of responsibility bequeathed to the federal government, immigration, Leftists are perverting the idea of federalism in order to create and maintain sanctuary zones, in defiance of national law.
The Washington Examiner reports that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has sent twenty-nine individual letters to cities, town and states continuing to host sanctuary zones, a criminal act that violates Section 1373 of the Immigration and Naturalization Act. The law states the following:
“Notwithstanding any other provision of Federal, State, or local law, no person or agency may prohibit, or in any way restrict, a Federal, State, or local government entity from doing any of the following with respect to information regarding the immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual:
(1) Sending such information to, or requesting or receiving such information from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
(2) Maintaining such information.
(3) Exchanging such information with any other Federal, State, or local government entity.
(c) Obligation to respond to inquiries
The Immigration and Naturalization Service shall respond to an inquiry by a Federal, State, or local government agency, seeking to verify or ascertain the citizenship or immigration status of any individual within the jurisdiction of the agency for any purpose authorized by law, by providing the requested verification or status information.”
If any of the 29 locales refuse to comply, they would lose millions in loans from the Justice Department’s Edward Bryne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program.
An earlier attempt in September by Sessions to threaten the cut-off of funds was stymied by….you guessed it, a federal judge issuing a hold on the move. The Examiner reports that the case is currently sitting in legal Limbo. How convenient for the Left.
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