Sessions may put more rules on money for sanctuary cities

Sessions may put more rules on money for sanctuary cities

Sessions may put more rules on money for sanctuary cities

The U.S. Justice Department on Monday asked a federal judge to reconsider a ruling which blocked President Donald Trump's attempt to cut off federal funding for so-called sanctuary cities, citing a new memo from the attorney general.

The memo asserts that Trump's executive order targeting such communities applies to a relatively small amount of money. Sessions said in a department memorandum on Monday, May 22, that the department may "tailor grants to promote a lawful system of immigration".

His new memo also signals that for future grants, federal authorities may prioritize places that honor requests to detain people in local law enforcement custody to give federal officials time to arrive.

Orrick appeared to address the administration's arguments in his April ruling.

In January, President Donald Trump signed an executive order, which stated that "sanctuary jurisdictions" were "not eligible to receive Federal grants, except as deemed necessary for law enforcement purposes by the Attorney General or the Secretary". In his Monday memo, Sessions wrote that the only funding at risk is grants from both the DOJ and the Department of Homeland Security.

More than a dozen state attorneys general sent US Attorney General Jeff Sessions a letter Thursday asking him to rescind criminal charging guidance he sent to prosecutors last week.

For example, in a 2012 drug conspiracy case involving some 35 defendants, an assistant USA attorney put Damien Mick "on notice" that if he sought to be released pending trial she would file an 851 motion subjecting him to a minimum 20-year sentence upon conviction, telling the court: "It's a hard and fast provision I have in these types of cases", according to the court transcript.

In his first 100 days, Attorney General Sessions has: Revoked a 2016 directive aimed at phasing out the use of private prisons; Called for the review of all existing and pending consent decrees concerning policing reform; Issued a directive to prosecutors that threatens to reignite a "War on Drugs"; Abandoned a long-held position in a voting rights case concerning a discriminatory and restrictive photo ID law in Texas; Taken actions that marginalize immigrant communities; and, stood silent in the wake of the spike in hate crimes across the country.

"That order tried to take away all federal funding from sanctuary cities, and we can't trust this administration not to make good on its threats", he said.

In a speech on Friday, Sessions highlighted the rapidly increasing crime rates in USA cities and pointed to drugs as the main cause.

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