New crackdown on socalled sanctuary cities
Embattled Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Tuesday that cities that prevent Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents from entering prisons and jails will be subject to losing large amounts of federal funds.
The funds at risk are those known as Edward Bryne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants or JAG grants.
"So-called â€˜sanctuary' policies make all of us less safe because they intentionally undermine our laws and protect illegal aliens who have committed crimes," Sessions said in a statement.
"This is what the American people should be able to expect from their cities and states, and these long overdue requirements will help us take down MS-13 and other violent transnational gangs, and make our country safer," he added.
Cities must meet three requirements to be eligible for the JAG grants, according to a Justice Department official:
The new limits on JAG grants do not begin until fiscal 2017, the Justice Department said.