AG Bill Barr announces crackdown on sanctuary jurisdictions

Across the country, so-called “sanctuary” jurisdictions are helping illegal immigrants who have committed crimes avoid deportation. While speaking at an event organized by the National Sheriff’s Association, Attorney General Bill Barr announced that he’ll be taking some of those sanctuary cities to court. 

“Let us state the reality upfront and as clearly as possible,” the attorney general declared. “When we are talking about sanctuary cities, we are talking about policies that are designed to allow criminal aliens to escape.”

Sanctuary crackdown announced

Barr explained his view of sanctuary cities and why he believes them to be so detrimental, saying, “These policies are not about people who came to our country illegally but have otherwise been peaceful and productive members of society.”

“Their express purpose is to shelter aliens whom local law enforcement has already arrested for other crimes. This is neither lawful nor sensible,” he added.

The attorney general went on promise that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is now “reviewing the practices, policies, and laws of other jurisdictions across the country.  This includes assessing whether jurisdictions are complying with our criminal laws, in particular the criminal statute that prohibits the harboring or shielding of aliens in the United States.”

To that end, Barr stated that the DOJ is initiating litigation against sanctuary jurisdictions that are interfering with the enforcement of federal immigration law and policy, according to Fox News. Thus far, lawsuits have already been filed against the state of California, the state of New Jersey and Washington state’s King County.

Unchecked lawlessness

What’s more, Barr didn’t shy away from describing in detail the blood-soaked cost that local sanctuary policies can exact on those who live in the jurisdictions that implement them.

“In November, ICE filed a detainer for an alien who was arrested for assaulting his own father,” the attorney general recalled. “The local police in New York City that had the alien in custody ignored the detainer.”

“So the alien was released onto the streets, and last month, he allegedly raped and killed 92-year-old Maria Fuertes, affectionately known as ‘Abuelita,’ a fixture of her Queens neighborhood,” Barr lamented.

In another case, the Department of Homeland Security “identified a convicted criminal alien with four prior removals at a city jail in Washington State,” after which “DHS filed a retained.”

“Subsequently, the alien fought with jail staff and was taken to a local medical center for treatment,” Barr explained. “But after receiving treatment, local officials released the alien in violation of the detainer.” He then recounted the fact that this same individual would later go on to be arrested for a gruesome murder in which his victim was dismembered.

Barr stated that there is no way to know for sure the exact number of criminal aliens present in the United States, thanks to the existence of sanctuary policies, but he said that an Obama-era estimate put the figure as high as two million.

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