Obama’s New Anti-Sanctuary Assurance: Trust, but Verify

CIS — The Center’s Director of Policy Studies, Jessica Vaughan, has written a couple of posts lately touching on the subject of criminal alien sanctuaries and federal grant funding to state and local law enforcement agencies. The first noted that Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas), the chairman of the House subcommittee controlling Department of Justice (DOJ) appropriations, sent a pointed letter to the attorney general (AG) asking how such sanctuaries could legitimately claim in their grant applications that they were in compliance with all federal laws given their refusal to honor immigration detainers or fully communicate with agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The second observed that DOJ’s response, via testimony of the AG as well as an accompanying letter from one of her assistant AGs, was heartening in that, for the first time, the administration was acknowledging its obligation to monitor grant recipients and take appropriate criminal or civil action against jurisdictions that claim to be in compliance when in fact they are not.

A copy of the AAG’s response letter can be seen here, and the AG’s testimonial remarks were carried by several media outlets (see, e.g. here, here, and here). Rep. Culberson was enthused: “We all owe a debt of gratitude to Loretta Lynch for doing the right thing. This is a big step in the right direction.”

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