Speaking on Monday, at the National Sheriff’s Association 2020 Winter Legislative and Technology Conference in Washington, D.C., Attorney General Bill Barr announced a series of sweeping sanctions against so-called “sanctuary” enclaves that protect illegal criminal immigrants from federal prosecution.
The 69-year old announced a “significant escalation” against leftist cities and states jeopardizing national security for a political agenda that is victimizing hundreds of American citizens daily.
Barr said the Justice Department would immediately be filing multiple lawsuits against sanctuary jurisdictions for willfully interfering with federal immigration enforcement.
“Let us state the reality upfront and as clearly as possible,” Barr began. “When we are talking about sanctuary cities, we are talking about policies that are designed to allow criminal aliens to escape. These policies are not about people who came to our country illegally but have otherwise been peaceful and productive members of society. Their express purpose is to shelter aliens whom local law enforcement has already arrested for other crimes. This is neither lawful nor sensible.”
The DOJ took particular aim at New Jersey filing a federal complaint against the Garden State, seeking declaratory and injunctive relief “against its laws that forbid state and local law enforcement from sharing vital information about criminal aliens with DHS,” Barr said.
The AG referenced New Jersey’s Enforcement Directive 2018-6, which illegally bars New Jersey officials from sharing vital immigration status and release dates of criminal aliens in state custody.
The lawsuits also compels New Jersey law enforcement to “promptly notify a detained individual, in writing and in a language the individual can understand,” when federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents file an immigration detainer requesting an individual in custody.
Barr also acknowledged that New Jersey is just one of many sanctuary jurisdictions being sued by the DOJ, for breaking a number of federal immigration laws.
Stating, “we are filing a complaint seeking declaratory and injunctive relief against King County, Washington, for the policy that forbids DHS from deporting aliens from the United States using King County International Airport.”
The Attorney General continued; “Further, we are reviewing the practices, policies, and laws of other jurisdictions across the country. This includes assessing whether jurisdictions are complying with our criminal laws, in particular the criminal statute that prohibits the harboring or shielding of aliens in the United States,” Barr added, noting that the DOJ would support DHS with “federal subpoenas to access information about criminal aliens in the custody of uncooperative jurisdictions.”