The memo asserts that Trump's executive order targeting such communities applies to a relatively small amount of money.
Sessions recently notified several jurisdictions that their funding was at risk, insisting they provide proof they are complying with federal immigration law.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions' directive to pursue the most serious charges and longest sentences possible against most suspects is likely to thwart recent efforts to address what some attorneys say were heavy-handed practices by some prosecutors at the USA attorney's office in Kansas City, Kansas. Sessions also made clear the threats apply only to a modest pool of grants administered by the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security, not the entire stream of USA funding for states and localities.
The memo clarified a portion of Trump's January executive order on immigration, which administration officials originally touted as a shot across the bow to all cities who do not comply with federal immigration enforcement.
"Sanctuary city" is a broad term, but is most often applied to jurisdictions that don't comply with all of Immigration and Customs Enforcement's "detainer" requests to hold individuals who would otherwise be released.
Hayden remains extremely critical
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Hundreds of USA cities panicked when the order was signed, afraid that they would lose millions of dollars for education, health care and other programs if they refused to detain immigrants for deportation officials. The judge said the administration intended the executive order to apply broadly to all sorts of federal funding.
The memo from Sessions will probably stir some relief among a broad swath of USA cities, including the nine that the Trump administration has labeled sanctuary jurisdictions so far.
The legal definition had been a matter of debate, as local governments and law enforcement agencies cooperate with federal immigration authorities on many different levels. "That order tried to take away all federal funding from sanctuary cities, and we can't trust this administration not to make good on its threats", San Francisco's City Attorney Dennis Herrera said. Estimates of the number of sanctuary cities has varied from more than 100 to about 600.
On May 10, 2017, Attorney General Sessions announced a new charging and sentencing policy for the United States Department of Justice that requires federal prosecutors in all cases (absent high-level approval) to "charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense" - defined as those offenses that "carry the most substantial guidelines sentence, including mandatory minimum sentences". And they argue that Trump's policy is making cities less safe because immigrants are increasingly afraid to report crimes or serve as witnesses, for fear of deportation.