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President Obama's Justice Department has coughed up hundreds of millions of dollars to so-called "sanctuary cities" that refuse federal demands for criminal illegal immigrants sought for deportation, according to a new inspector general memo.
In just 10 of 155 jurisdictions reviewed, taxpayers handed over $342.1 million in Justice grants to the law-breaking cities and states that have policies barring jails and police from cooperating with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. The IG said that is 63 percent of the funds available to all American cities.
Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton has voiced support for the sanctuary effort in which state and local officials in mostly urban areas choose to harbor illegals with criminal records rather than comply with ICE requests to turn them over or even identify their immigration status. Donald Trump has called for an end to the practice.
That slaying prompted Congress to write "Kate's Law" barring Justice funds to sanctuary cities, but Senate Democrats blocked it. Nonetheless, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, under pressure from Texas Rep. John Culberson, chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee that oversees Justice funding, recently moved to stop funding to the jurisdictions.
Justice Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz's memo said that "over 140 state and local jurisdictions" may be receiving Office of Justice Program and Office of Violence Against Women grants, despite a law that demands grant-recipients cooperate with ICE.
Jessica Vaughan, the CIS policy director who compiled the map, told Secrets, "It's very concerning that the Department of Justice is allowing at least 10 jurisdictions that are clearly in violation of federal law to suck up nearly two-thirds of all the federal money available to help local law enforcement. The Justice Department should be prosecuting these jurisdictions, not writing them checks."
originally posted by: Bigburgh
a reply to: eisegesis
I almost wonder, whats the point of having police departments in these cities. Philadelphia for example. Would this not make a police department, well...... illegal?