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The White House is in another clash, this time with ‘sanctuary cities’.

Wikipedia describes sanctuary cities as:

…a city which permits residence by illegal immigrants to help them avoid deportation. … Approximately 300 U.S. jurisdictions, including cities, counties and states, reportedly have adopted sanctuary policies.

Washington Times: Sessions says he’ll punish sanctuaries, cities could lose billions of dollars

The Trump administration officially put sanctuary cities on notice Monday that they are violating federal laws and could lose access to billions of dollars in Justice Department grants if they continue to thwart efforts to deport illegal immigrants.

And counties and cities that have taken money in the past, despite refusing to cooperate with federal agents, could have that money clawed back, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. That would mean Chicago, Philadelphia and other prominent sanctuaries would not only lose money going forward, but might have to pay back tens of millions of dollars from their treasuries.

But Mr. Sessions didn’t say when he would actually start withholding money, making his announcement more signal than substance.

“Countless Americans would be alive today — and countless loved ones would not be grieving today — if the policies of these sanctuary jurisdictions were ended,” Mr. Sessions said from the White House, saying the time is ripe to take action.

But mayors have responded.

Fox News: Sanctuary city mayors fire back at Trump administration’s threat to cut fed funding

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio downplayed the significance of Sessions’ message and said in his weekly television segment Sessions was more “saber-rattling.”

“If they actually act to take away our money, we’ll see them in court,” vowed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said taking federal funding from the city would be “unconstitutional.”

“We will fight to protect the safety and dignity of all Angelenos,” Garcetti said. “We will work closely with our representatives in Congress to make sure that Los Angeles does not go without federal resources that help protect millions of people every day.”

More on sanctuary cities.

While not a technical term, “sanctuary cities” are seen as communities that have refused to work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials after detaining illegal immigrants. By federal law, they are required to inform the feds when they have an illegal immigrant in custody, even if he or she has not been convicted of a crime.

Sessions claims ‘American people’ support but polls contradict that.

Sessions cited a report released last week by the Department of Homeland Security underscoring the message. In one recent 7-day span, there were more than 200 instances of jurisdictions refusing to honor Immigration and Customs Enforcement requests with respect to individuals charged or convicted of a crime.

“The American people are not happy with these results,” Sessions said on Monday. “They know that when cities and states refuse to help enforce immigration laws, our nation is less safe.”

But a recent Fox News Poll taken this month showed that 53 percent of voters opposed the administration’s plan to penalize cities by cutting their federal funding.

I don’t know how Sessions justifies “countless Americans would be alive today…if the policies of these sanctuary jurisdictions were ended”.

That doesn’t make sense. Ending sanctuaries now is not going to bring people back to life, even if their deaths were due to not handing over arrested immigrants to federal authorities.

This illustrates the complexities of US politics, with the White House, the Senate, Congress, states and cities all competing and clashing on policies and practices.