Attorney General Loretta Lynch told Congress on Wednesday she is preparing to crack down on sanctuary cities and would try to stop federal grant money from going to jurisdictions that actively thwart agents seeking to deport illegal immigrants.
Her announcement marks a major policy reversal for the administration, which for years has opposed legislation that would have forced such a crackdown.
The federal Bureau of Prisons will now try to deport illegal immigrants rather than turn them over to sanctuary cities, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday in a bid to solve the situation that may have led to the death of Kathryn Steinle last summer.
Ms. Lynch also said she’ll begin an audit of sanctuary cities to see if they’re violating federal law, and those that are found to be actively stymying immigration agents’ work could lose grant funding.
The attorney general was responding to requests from Rep. John Culberson, a Texas Republican and chairman of the spending subcommittee that oversees the Justice Department.
“This is a very significant change, and we’re deeply grateful,” Mr. Culberson said. He said his staff would provide a list to Ms. Lynch of cities and counties that try to thwart deportations, and he hopes the Justice Department will follow up on that list.
O’s handling of immigration stands out as one of the huge failures of his administration. Lawless sanctuary cities now number in the hundreds, and Obama has fought attempts to crack down on them, while deportations have been blocked by executive action, and violent illegal alien prisoners are set free.
Lynch’s statements are surprising, considering his admin has done everything in their power to assist sanctuary cities.
Mr. Culberson should dial back his gratitude because Ms. Lynch is just doing her job – it’s no favor to him or the people. He didn’t notice her statements say ‘she will try to stop federal money’, ‘she will prepare to crack down’ and she ‘will begin to audit sanctuary cities.’
News flash to Culberson – That is lip service and nothing more, but it got her some brownie points in your eyes.