Caving to leftist political pressure, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has agreed to send tens of millions of dollars to so-called sanctuary cities.
These cities – about 36 of them – are officially “noncompliant” with federal immigration rules. But following a September court ruling curtailing the Justice Department’s power to withhold funds, the Trump Administration agreed to hand over funds from the “Community Oriented Policing Services” office to hire new police officers.
The 36 noncompliant cities are among about 179 that will see an increase of more than 800 total police officers, Mother Jones reports.
In his statement about the grants, Sessions conceded that only “80 percent of this year’s COPS Hiring Program grantees have agreed to cooperate with federal immigration authorities in their detention facilities.” He commended these recipients for their “commitment to ending…violent crime stemming from illegal immigration.” The remaining 20 percent of recipients did not commit to this kind of cooperation.
The funding ends a long-standing feud with sanctuary cities and just five days after the DOJ sent letters to 29 jurisdictions it has preliminarily deemed non-compliant with federal immigration policy, giving them until December 8 to prove compliance. There’s some overlap between those 29 jurisdictions and the 36 sanctuary jurisdictions that got funding Monday, many of which are in California, including Sacramento.
Most notably, the “mother” of all sanctuary cities, Chicago, will receive more than $3.1 million to hire 25 officers specializing in gun violence. Chicago was the city that launched the lawsuit against the Justice Department in the first place.
It wasn’t always like this. In one of his first executive orders, President Trump banned federal grants to sanctuary cities. But the rule was struck down in April. In July, to work around the court order, Sessions announced narrower plans to withhold funding from law enforcement agencies that do not comply with federal immigration authorities.
One month later, Chicago took the DOJ to court, claiming the new requirements were unconstitutional.
A few days before the judge’s September ruling, Sessions announced that applicants for COPS grants would receive priority consideration if they allowed Homeland Security officials access to their detention facilities and notified DHS before releasing undocumented residents from custody.
Despite the court’s decision limiting the Justice Department’s ability to penalize sanctuary cities, four out of five COPS grant recipients benefited from the Justice Department’s new criteria.
Here is the list of cities and jurisdictions that the Trump Administration believes violates the law requiring compliance with the Justice Department:
- Albany, New York;
- Berkeley, California;
- Bernalillo County, New Mexico;
- Burlington, Vermont;
- Contra Costa County, California;
- City and County of Denver, Colorado;
- Fremont, California;
- Jackson, Mississippi;
- King County, Washington;
- Lawrence, Massachusetts;
- Los Angeles, California;
- Louisville Metro, Kentucky;
- Middlesex, New Jersey;
- Monterey County, California;
- Multnomah County, Oregon;
- Newark, New Jersey;
- Riverside County, California;
- Sacramento County, California;
- City and County of San Francisco, California;
- Santa Ana, California;
- Santa Clara County, California;
- Seattle, Washington;
- Sonoma County, California;
- Washington, District of Columbia;
- Watsonville, California;
- West Palm Beach, Florida;
- State of Illinois;
- State of Oregon; and
- State of Vermont.
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