U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is doubling down on sanctuary cities enforcing immigration laws or else $4.1 billion in federal funding will be withheld nationwide this year.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“When cities and states refuse to help enforce immigration laws, our nation is less safe,” Sessions said during an impromptu White House appearance press conference this afternoon (h/t CBS News).
“Failure to deport aliens who are convicted of criminal offenses puts whole communities at risk, especially immigrant communities in the very sanctuary jurisdictions that seek to protect the perpetrators.”
Sessions went on to say the U.S. Department of Justice will not allow any municipality to be eligible for grants if they are in violation of a federal code that says cities cannot prevent federal authorities from enforcing immigration laws, according to multiple reports.
In Hudson County, both Jersey City and Union City have issued executive orders declaring themselves sanctuary cities, which don’t have a formal definition but are generally viewed as safe havens for undocumented immigrants.
As only Hudson County View reported, the City of Jersey City could stand to lose $18.7 million in federal funding if President Donald Trump (R) followed through on his commitment to pull federal funding from sanctuary cities.
Earlier this month, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop slammed Trump for a proposed $1.1 trillion budget that would potentially cost the city at least $9.6 million due to cuts from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Meanwhile, Union City Mayor Brian Stack, also the state Senator of the 33rd Legislative District, recently stated outright that Union City police will not participate in immigration raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Spokeswoman for both Jersey City and Union City did not immediately return emails seeking comment.