CLARK COUNTY’S FEDERAL FUNDING IN JEOPARDY DUE TO POSSIBLE IMMIGRATION LAW VIOLATION
United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scheduled to speak in Las Vegas today.
Sessions will discuss sanctuary cities and the methods jurisdictions can employ to fight violent crime. He will meet with local, state and federal law enforcement officials.
Clark County is one of ten jurisdictions under scrutiny by the Justice Department. The Justice Department is searching to see if these jurisdictions are complying with federal agencies in their application of immigration laws.
New York, Chicago, New Orleans and Philadelphia, California and Connecticut, along with Miami-Dade County in Florida; Cook County in Illinois; Milwaukee County in Wisconsin are the cities and counties that are under suspicion.
If counties are found not cooperating with immigration laws they could lose federal funding.
County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “It’s important that they follow through with that, or otherwise these programs are clearly in jeopardy.”
According to the Review-Journal, the Justice Department has withheld $975,000 in grant money. The county anticipated that it will receive the grant this year.
County Commissioners have emphatically claimed that they cooperate with the law. Clark County has an agreement with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In the agreement, local police officers are to help with immigration enforcement.
Attorney Gerneral Sessions claimed that some of these jurisdictions have boldly stated that they will not cooperate.
In a statement Session said, “It is not enough to assert compliance. The jurisdictions must actually be in compliance. Sanctuary cities put the lives and well-being of their residents at risk by shielding criminal illegal aliens from federal immigration authorities.”