What Did DOJ Really Promise on Sanctuary Cities?
April 27, 2017
Several weeks ago Rep. John Culberson (R-TX), chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Justice Department, wrote a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch threatening to exercise his budget authority if she does not take steps to shut down sanctuary cities—State and local jurisdictions with policies intended to impede the enforcement of immigration law by federal immigration officials. Ahead of the February 24 Subcommittee hearing on DOJ’s fiscal year 2017 funding, Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik provided a response that the media is reporting as a major shift in policy by the Obama administration to enforce the law against sanctuary cities.
However, a review of the actual letter reveals that the Obama administration’s response is not being accurately reported by the media. Instead, the letter is a carefully worded response that is intentionally designed to mislead the public about the administration’s handling of sanctuary cities. Below is FAIR’s analysis of what DOJ really said about its approach to sanctuary cities.
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