Sessions Targets CA Cities for Punishment in the Form of Funding Cuts

Sessions Targets CA Cities for Punishment in the Form of Funding Cuts

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a new tactic to combat some cities’ alleged refusal to cooperate with immigration laws. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) now has threatened four cities, including San Bernadino and Stockton in California, Baltimore, and Albuquerque with the loss of crucial federal crime-fighting funding unless they take steps to comply with the demands of federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. Specifically, the federal government is demanding that local law enforcement officials cooperate with ICE agents to target and detain jail inmates who are suspected to be in the country with no legal immigration status. In response, officials appear confused by the DOJ’s accusations of non-compliance. None of the four cities operate jails, and two of the cities have no sanctuary policies, which are official policies prohibiting local law enforcement agents from inquiring about the immigration status of inmates or disclosing this information to federal officials. In fact, Albuquerque’s mayor produced a copy of the agreement that his police department has in place with federal ICE agents regarding individuals without a legal immigration status whom they arrest. The DOJ offered no reasons as to why these four cities were highlighted as noncompliant with federal immigration laws. Despite its threats, the DOJ has not taken any steps to defund any cities or localities beyond these threats. San Bernadino, in particular, has a desperate need to maintain its federal funding. The city historically has been one of the most violent cities in America, and recently recorded the highest murder rate in 20 years. Major financial concerns also have plagued the city, with it finally emerging from bankruptcy proceedings after five years. As a result, the police department has sustained large cuts in funding. Individuals who may have a valid deportation defense need an experienced California immigration attorney who can assist them with this often complex process. At Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., we know how to stand up for the rights of those who are legally entitled to remain in the U.S. Call us today at (510) 756-4468 and schedule an appointment with one of our deportation defense lawyers, and learn how we can assist you.
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