Incoming Attorney General Jeff Sessions has just been handed the key to locking down sanctuary cities and areas. There are 10 sanctuary cities in the country that have been in violation of Department of Justice compliance. 8 U.S.C. § 1373 puts the issue of compliance on the cities in order to get federal funding.
Congressman John Culbertson said Sessions will be able to immediately stop funding for those not in compliance, and in fact, will be able to demand back pay from cities who thumbed their nose at the law in the past.
Speaking before a group in Houston this week, Culbertson made it known that Jeff Sessions will be able to use the laws in place to demand correction. The list below shows cities and entire states not in compliance with U.S.C. 1373.
Culbertson also pointed out the transition between the outgoing Obama administration and the incoming Trump administration sets the scene perfectly. The US government has granted $342 million to the ten areas listed above. From a non-compliance standpoint, the US can demand the money back (which may be impossible to get from California as Total Patriot reported here). The attorney general can also cut off the supply moving forward, which can be implemented immediately.
While there is no direct reporting on where the money goes once it leaves the coffers of the Department of Justice, it’s almost a sure bet that a portion makes its way directly into the very systems that are used to deal with the ramifications of illegal immigrants. The list below is pulled directly from the Department of Justice’s Grant Program, identifying core needs communities can use DOJ’s Office of Justice Program grants for:
While these are serious issues, sanctuary cities are using resources to assist not only their citizens but illegal immigrants as well. One has to wonder if less illegal immigrants burdening the system would allow these cities and states to put their budgeted money to use towards their own citizens instead of needing grants from the Federal government.