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Sessions' new policy on sanctuary cities could face legal challenges, expert says




Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday afternoon.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday afternoon.
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Despite recent questions about the relationship between President Trump and his Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, an announcement from the Department of Justice yesterday makes one thing clear: Sessions is still working on issues that are red meat for Trump supporters. 

Yesterday, Sessions issued a warning to so-called "sanctuary cities." The DOJ now says that local law enforcement could lose out on federal grant money if they fail to comply with federal immigration laws. 

To meet the Department of Justice's terms, local law enforcement must give immigration authorities access to jails. Also, they must give federal officials 48 hours of notice before releasing certain undocumented inmates.

The new mandate targets the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant: a federally administered grant provided to departments for a variety of criminal justice initiatives. 

But Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of Berkeley Law School, says the policy is virtually identical to an executive order signed by President Trump in January that made similar threats to so-called sanctuary-cities. 

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