The Division of Homeland Safety has requested federal prosecutors to look at the potential of bringing legal fees towards leaders of so-called sanctuary cities, Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen informed lawmakers Tuesday.
“The Division of Justice is reviewing what avenues could also be out there,” Nielsen informed the Senate Judiciary Committee. The secretary added that sanctuary insurance policies had been “placing my [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] officers in danger.”
The Trump administration has vowed to withhold federal cash from localities that refuse to provide federal immigration authorities entry to jails and supply advance discover when somebody within the nation illegally is about to be launched.
Earlier this month, the performing director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) informed Fox Information’ “Your World with Neil Cavuto” that politicians must be held “personally accountable” for crimes dedicated by unlawful immigrants.
“We have got to start out charging a few of these politicians with crimes,” Tom Homan mentioned within the Jan. 2 look.
California lately handed a statewide sanctuary coverage that took impact Jan. 1, and cities equivalent to San Francisco, Chicago and Philadelphia have adopted them.
A federal decide has blocked the Justice Division’s effort to halt funding to these places.
Final month, Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., launched a invoice threatening elected officers in sanctuary cities with fines and jail time.
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“Politicians do not get to choose and select what legal guidelines to adjust to,” Rokita informed Fox Information on the time “People are dying as a result of politicians sworn to uphold the regulation refuse to take action.”
Rokita launched the invoice within the wake of the Kate Steinle trial, by which an unlawful immigrant who had been deported to Mexico 5 instances was acquitted of murdering Steinle on a San Francisco pier in 2015.
The Related Press contributed to this report.