Attorney General Jeff Sessions has called out sanctuary cities for “doing nothing more than” undermining the fight against transnational gangs and the illegal drug trade.
Sessions is completely right, sanctuary cities are simply aiding and embedding the enemy.
From the Washington Examiner
In a meeting with major federal law enforcement agencies including the DEA, FBI, ATF and ICE, Sessions said sanctuary cities are hurting the fight against gangs such as MS-13.
“Under President Trump, the Justice Department has zero tolerance for gang violence. Transnational criminal organizations like MS-13 represent one of the gravest threats to American safety,” the nation’s top law enforcement officer said, according to prepared remarks.
MS-13 is a mostly Central American-composed gang with a membership of nearly 70,000. Known for its violence, human trafficking and drug trafficking, it originated in Los Angeles and has spread to other parts of the country.
“Because of an open border and years of lax immigration enforcement, MS-13 has been sending both recruiters and members to regenerate gangs that previously had been decimated, and smuggling members across the border as unaccompanied minors,” Sessions said.
Sessions added that sanctuary cities — known as jurisdictions that do not adhere to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement detainers — “undermine” the fight against MS-13 and others. Sessions has already threatened to withhold federal funds and grants from cities that adopt sanctuary policies as he works toward administration promises of upping immigration enforcement and public safety.