The Trump administration is reportedly weighing their options in terms of housing the children of illegal immigrants at military bases and a new Bill could lead to jail time for the leaders of sanctuary cities. All this while Trump meets with GOP leaders on border security, Monday night.
According to News Week, the Department of Justice is considering subjecting state and local officials to criminal charges if they implement or enforce so-called sanctuary policies that bar jurisdictions from cooperating with immigration authorities. Immigration advocates argue such a move would be illegal.
As Written By The Sacramento Bee:
The nation’s top immigration cop took aim at sanctuary cities like Sacramento on Tuesday, saying in a televised interview that politicians who support limiting cooperation with federal deportations might belong in handcuffs themselves.
“This isn’t the America I grew up in. We’ve got to take these sanctuary cities on. We’ve got to take them to court and we’ve got to start charging some of these politicians with crimes,” said Thomas Homan, acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, during a Fox News appearance.
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, whose city last year strengthened its position as a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants, was defiant in his response on Wednesday.
“They certainly know where to find me,” Steinberg said.
On Jan. 1, California enacted Senate Bill 54, a measure passed last year that limits how law enforcement agencies can interact with federal immigration authorities – the topic of Homan’s television appearance. Cities like Sacramento, San Francisco and Los Angeles already had policies in place that limited law enforcement cooperation with immigration authorities, and the ICE director singled out local and state leaders of sanctuary locales as accountable for crimes committed by undocumented immigrants in their areas.