March 29, 2017

Sessions’ funding threats raise stakes for Mass. sanctuary cities

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions

“The President is trying to force our cities to join him in his bullying of immigrants and their families. Massachusetts Democrats stand with our sanctuary cities and immigrants across our Commonwealth, and we will help them fight this unconstitutional threat.” — state Democratic Party Chairman Gus Bickford

The U.S. Department of Justice will require communities applying for its grants to “certify compliance” with federal immigration law and “claw back” funds awarded to those who are not complying, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said.

Sessions urged municipalities and states to end so-called sanctuary policies, through which local governments do not enforce federal immigration laws.

“The American people are justifiably angry,” he said in a Monday, March 27, press conference.

“They know that when cities and states refuse to help enforce immigration laws, our nation is less safe. Failure to deport aliens who are convicted for criminal offenses puts whole communities at risk – especially immigrant communities in the very sanctuary jurisdictions that seek to protect the perpetrators.”

Sessions focused his remarks on a federal law known as Section 1373, which says a federal, state or local government may not prohibit or restrict any government entity from “sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.”

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