Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Sessions’ New Restrictions on Sanctuary Cities Draws Congressional Praise

Sessions’ New Restrictions on Sanctuary Cities Draws Congressional Praise: The chairman of the House subcommittee that oversees funding for the Department of Justice praised Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement of new restrictions on sanctuary cities.

On Tuesday, AG Sessions announced two new restrictions on federal law enforcement grants to ensure compliance with immigration law enforcement laws. The move drew praise from U.S. Representative John Culberson (R-TX) who serves as chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science.

The new restrictions apply to what are referred to as Byrne Grants – grants authorized under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Programs. The grant application process requires cities and other jurisdictions to certify compliance with 18 USC §1373, a law signed during the Clinton Administration requiring 100 percent compliance with immigration officials.

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