On Thursday Attorney General Jeff Sessions moved to again punish so-called sanctuary cities by threatening to deny federal crime-fighting resources if efforts weren’t stepped up to help detain and deport people living in the country illegally. San Bernardino is one of the four cities.
The Press Enterprise reports that the Justice Department sent letters to cities that are having a hard time dealing with with gun violence, stating that unless they give federal immigration authorities access to jails and notification before letting someone in custody who is wanted on immigration violations go, they wont be eligible for a new program that aims to root out drug trafficking and gang crime.
The four cities include Baltimore, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Stockton and San Bernardino. All of these cities expressed interest in the Justice Department’s new Public Safety Partnership, which promises to help communities find solutions to crime problems by enlisting federal agents, analysts and technology.
Sessions said in a statement that was included with the letters, “By taking simple, common-sense considerations into account, we are encouraging every jurisdiction in this country to cooperate with federal law enforcement,” “That will ultimately make all of us safer — especially law enforcement on our streets.”
The letters requested that by August 18th, the four prospective cities’ police departments are to show proof of their compliance.