Washington, DC - Seven sanctuary cities, one sanctuary' state, and two sanctuary counties were put on notice on Friday, April 21, by the Department of Justice that they either have to comply or give up federal funding.
According to The Washington Times, the entire state of California, Cook County in Illinois and Miami-Dade County in Florida, and the cities of New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Milwaukee, Wisconsin received letters from the Justice Department.
The letters reminded them that they had signed documents in 2016, when they applied for federal grant money. The jurisdictions had said in the documents that they had complied with a section of federal law that demands cooperation with immigration agents.
In the letters, the Justice Department said “Many of these jurisdictions are also crumbling under the weight of illegal immigration and violent crime." I'm sure many citizens who live in these areas can attest to the truth of this statement.
Some of the jurisdictions prohibit local police from contacting federal agents when an illegal immigrant is arrested and placed in custody, or when they are about to be released, while others refuse all contact.
The letters did not list consequences but President Trump has said more than once that sanctuary cities could lose millions of dollars in federal funding if they refuse to cooperate. The city of San Francisco was not on the list, but the city has already sued to prevent loss of the federal grants.
Jurisdictions which were left out of this latest warning letter presumably did not sign the same paperwork falsely stating that they cooperate with immigration agents. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has suggested that he would seek to recoup past grant money given to these jurisdictions which lied on their grant paperwork.