Kirsters Baish| We can all recall back to the beginning of the year when Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen confirmed that her department had asked federal prosecutors to find a way to bring criminal charges against sanctuary cities who refuse to comply with federal deportation efforts.
The Homeland Security Secretary had explained to the Senate Judiciary Committee at the time, “The Department of Justice is reviewing what avenues may be available. Nielsen’s confirmation came after the state of California put their new sanctuary city law into effect on January 1st of this year. This action severely restricted the cooperation that all local and state governments in California could offer to federal authorities
It was stated by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan that these policies put his officers as well as those living in local communities at an even higher risk because they are forced to arrest illegal aliens out in the open in these communities.
Homan explained to the Washington Times in July of 2017 that he was hoping to see local officials be charged as having complied with human smuggling if they protect illegal aliens from the federal government via sanctuary city policies.
During an interview with Fox News earlier in the year, Homan stated the demand again, which sent critics into a frenzy.
Fox News Business reported in January of this year:
Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano on Wednesday discussed the legality of when state or local governments have the ability to refuse helping the federal immigration officials.
“What the president is attempting to do is to talk local authorities into cooperating with ICE,” he told FOX Business’ Neil Cavuto on “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.”
The Justice Department on Wednesday sent letters to 23 sanctuary cities threatening to subpoena them if they refuse to hand over documents showing their compliance with the federal government over immigration policy.
Napolitano explained that under the law, the federal government cannot compel local police to help them enforce federal law, however, local authorities can’t stop or interfere with federal enforcement or else they may be the ones in legal jeopardy.
Napolitano stated, “They can’t stop or interfere with federal enforcement, but they cannot be commandeered, which is the Supreme Court’s expression for taking away from their other jobs and put in the service of the feds, can’t do it.”
Some of the cities’ mayors were less than happy about the letter. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio slammed the Justice Department via Twitter saying, “I will NOT be attending today’s meeting at the White House after @realDonaldTrump’s Department of Justice decided to renew their racist assault on our immigration communities. It doesn’t make us safer and it violates America’s core values.”
Last year, Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened to withhold millions in federal assistance to any city that refused to cooperate with the demands of federal authorities. Sessions has voiced his criticism of sanctuary cities in the past.
Napolitano stated that if the federal government created a contract to provide financial aid to sanctuary cities, these cities would have no choice but to comply with ICE.
He stated, “If at the time the aide was offered let’s say Bill de Blasio… Gets $100 million for new police cars or new computers in public school classrooms, but as a condition of the $100 million, you agree that your government will help ICE and he accepts the money, then he has a contract and he’s required to help ICE.”
The Trump administration is ready to crackdown on sanctuary cities, and it’s only a matter of time before they all come crashing down.