Dreamers ‘Subject to Being Deported.’
The current administration hasn’t touched former President Obama’s order to shield from deportation the immigrants that were brought to the country illegally when they were children, a group that is often referred to as the Dreamers.
On Sunday, Sessions told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos that Trump was sympathetic towards young people who arrived in the U.S. when they were small children. But he added that the DHS’ top priority is to seek and arrest immigrants that have committed crimes after entering the country unlawfully.
Sessions acknowledged that the federal government cannot round up everyone and there is no intention of doing it. He added that his department would focus first on the criminal element as Trump has directed them to do. Sessions think the criminal element is currently out of control.
When the ABC host asked him if Dreamers would be excluded as the president promised, Sessions replied that every immigrant that enters the U.S. illegally “is subject to being deported.” However, we’ll have to wait and see.
On Friday, Trump told the Associated Press that the administration wasn’t looking to do anything about the Dreamers. When one reporter asked him if the current policy is to allow this group of immigrants remain in the country, the president replied “yes.”
That’s our policy. […] Here is what they can hear: The DREAMers should rest easy. OK? I’ll give you that. The DREAMers should rest easy,
Sessions Threatens Sanctuary Cities
Sessions also promised to crack down on the so-called sanctuary cities which shield illegal immigrants from deportation. The AG thinks the said jurisdictions represent a risk to national security as they purportedly refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
Sessions claims sanctuary cities “frustrate enforcement of immigration laws” by refusing to arrest nonfelonies when federal authorities demand it. He mentioned a DHS report issued last week which revealed 200 immigrants who were suspect of crimes were released despite ICE detainers.
The AG noted such actions put the entire nation at risk as they put dangerous criminals back on the streets. He pledged to make use of all legal measures to ensure local and federal immigration agencies “are in sync”.
Sessions implied sanctuary cities could lose Department of Justice grants if they fail to comply with immigration laws at the national level. For this year, sanctuary cities expect to get $4.1 billion from the DOJ.
Sessions stressed that sanctuary towns and counties put the entire nation at risk when they refuse to enforce federal laws. Local policies make those jurisdictions, less safe, so, they may risk federal dollars. Sessions cited the killing of Kate Steinle, whom an illegal alien shot and killed in San Francisco last summer to make his point. San Francisco’s sheriff had released the gunman despite the ICE’s warnings.
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