Sessions may put more rules on money for sanctuary cities

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In a memo released Monday, Sessions said he is defining sanctuary jurisdictions as places that "willfully refuse to comply with 8 U.S.C. 1373", a provision in federal law that bans communities from prohibiting or restricting the sharing of immigration information with federal immigration officers.

A judge in April struck down Trump's executive order on the matter, saying the president has no authority to attach new conditions of his own to grants that were approved by Congress.

The court ruled that the provisions in the order were unconstitutional under the Tenth Amendment.

"The Sessions memo is like traveling back in time to the 1980s", Bruce Western, a professor of criminal justice policy at Harvard University, said.

Orrick cited Trump's reference to the order as a "weapon" as evidence that the administration meant to cut off a broad swath of federal funding, not just three U.S. Department of Justice and Homeland Security grants as government attorneys argued. "The federal government can't hold a gun to the head of cities and counties and force them to spend their limited police resources on immigration enforcement". When individuals are arrested in Providence, their fingerprints are entered into a database that ICE can access. And the city only agrees to detain immigration violators if ICE officials secure a warrant from a judge.

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Court transcripts and documents bolster attorney criticisms that before the 2013 reforms Kansas City prosecutors often filed the motions in drug conspiracy cases if the defendant sought release on bond before trial or challenged the legality of search warrants or to force plea agreements. That suggests officials could seek ways to withhold money from communities that refuse to honor detainer requests from federal immigration authorities.

In a Monday memo detailing the legal definition for "sanctuary jurisdictions", Sessions said areas that match his definition will be ineligible to receive grants from the Departments of Justice or Homeland Security.

Reacting to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions's order that federal prosecutors "charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense" and follow mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines, a bipartisan group of prosecutors at the state and local level is expressing concern, the Washington Post reports.

Providence received $2.7 million in Justice Department grants between 2013 and 2016, according to an Eyewitness News review of federal grants awarded to the city.