Immigration

Sessions Issues Impotent Threat to Sanctuary Cities

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump's approval rating his fallen to it's lowest point yet (36 percent, per Gallup) and the GOP's entire agenda is in doubt so, naturally, the White House is ready to get back to what it does best: being very racist.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a surprise appearance at today's White House press briefing where he warned so-called sanctuary cities that their law enforcement agencies could be cut off from federal grant funding.

That's probably not possible but also ironic for reasons Sessions himself laid out.

American municipalities that refuse to help with federal immigration enforcement, known as "sanctuary cities," are at risk of losing some funding from the Justice Department, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said told reporters Monday.

"Public safety as well as national security are at stake and put them at risk of losing federal dollars," Sessions said, in a surprise appearance at Monday's White House briefing.

If public safety is at risk, how is denying millions of dollars in public safety grant funding going to benefit public safety?

Incoherence aside, Congress controls federal funding, not the White House or Jeff Sessions. Republicans in Congress could theoretically include a provision to accomplish this in their next spending bill, but that seems unlikely because, for many Republicans, it would mean defunding police departments in their own states and home towns. Sessions was careful to say that police departments "could" be defunded while not promising that they would be.

Even in that event, the largest sanctuary cities like New York and Los Angeles are more than capable of fully funding their own police departments and, frankly, it may be for the best if financial ties between the Trump regime and America's police departments are severed. That's the kind of baggage no one needs, even if you're a conservative police chief.

It can't be overstated that what the Trump regime is upset about is local refusal to be deputized as deportation agents. If refusing that comes at the cost of a few police cruisers, most cities and departments are going to turn it down.

Contrary to Jeff Sessions' claims, sanctuary cities are often safer than others.

  • muselet

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Daryl Gates—Daryl Gates, I ask you—had enough sense to issue Special Order 40, which prohibited LAPD officers from routinely asking about the immigration status of victims of and witnesses to crimes. Despite grumbling from the rank and file (and howls of outrage from the Right), SO 40 has helped make Los Angeles a much safer city.

    When Daryl Gates comes across as a voice of reason and compassion, the migration debate has clearly gone off the rails.

    –alopecia

  • Christopher Foxx

    It can’t be overstated that what the Trump regime is upset about is local refusal to be deputized as deportation agents.

    Or, as it no doubt is playing in Trump’s and Sessions minds: “You’re not doing what I want!! Wah! Wah! Wah!”

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  • The locals don’t want to house tens of thousands of harmless immigrants. They want to get the real bad guys–the ones robbing, raping and drug trafficking. The Administration is full of racist and incompetent nincompoops.

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    I grew up in a “sanctuary city.” I moved and now live in another one.

    Trump and Sessions can blow it out their asses.

  • Georgie

    You’d think after last week they would understand that the threats are not the way to go, but than again I’m just waiting for the GOP to implode shortly.

    • Christopher Foxx

      You’d think after last week they would understand that the threats are not the way to go

      That would require that they learn something.