It looks like hard times are in store for sanctuary cities if, as seems highly likely, Sen. Jeff Sessions is confirmed as United States Attorney General next year.
Sen. Jeff Sessions is on record saying so-called “sanctuary cities” that protect illegal immigrants should be prosecuted. He himself may get that chance next year.
Mr. Sessions is president-elect Donald Trump’s pick to be the next attorney general, and if he’s confirmed, he will mark a 180-degree turn from the Obama administration on a host of issues, but nowhere more so than on immigration, where he’s been the Senate’s leading crackdown proponent.
From his first day in office, Mr. Sessions will have the power to strip some federal funding from sanctuary cities, thanks to rulings this year by the Justice Department’s inspector general, who said federal law requires localities to cooperate with immigration agents — and who provided an initial list of a handful of the worst offenders.
Some sanctuary cities have vowed to “resist any effort to change their behavior.
However, Rosemary Jenks — government relations manager at NumbersUSA, which lobbies for stricter immigration laws — says, “The sanctuary cities thing is huge. I think most jurisdictions are going to fold like a cheap suit.”