AG Sessions Makes Surprise Sanctuary City Announcement; Vows To Withhold Funding

Tyler Durden's picture

Moments ago Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a surprise appearance at Sean Spicer's daily White House press briefing to announce that his DOJ will be taking steps to not only require that so-called "sanctuary cities" enforce federal immigration laws but would also be seeking to claw back past DOJ awards granted to those cities if they refuse to certify compliance.

"Today, I'm urging states and local jurisdictions to comply with these federal laws.  Moreover, the Department of Justice will require that jurisdictions seeking or applying for DOJ grants to certify compliance with 1373 as a condition for receiving those awards."


"This policy is entirely consistent with the DOJ's Office of Justice Programs guidance that was issued just last summer under the previous administration."


"This guidance requires jurisdictions to comply and certify compliance with Section 1373 in order to be eligible for OJP grants.  It also made clear that failure to remedy violations could result in withholding grants, termination of grants and disbarment or ineligibility for future grants."


"The DOJ will also take all lawful steps to claw back any fines awarded to a jurisdiction that willfully violates Section 1373."

Sessions also called on states like Maryland and California to scrap their plans for becoming a sanctuary state.

"That would be such a mistake." 


"I would plead with the people of Maryland to understand this makes the state of Maryland more at risk for violence and crime, that it's not good policy."

Sessions' full comments can be viewed below:

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It didn't take long for New York's Attorney General to
release a statement vowing that he will continue to violate federal


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For those who missed it, here is an excerpt from our previous post detailing which sanctuary cities receive the most federal funding.

Our organization, American Transparency (website: was able to identify that number. We found nearly $27 billion ($26.74 billion to be exact) in federal funding (FY2016) for America’s 106 Sanctuary Cities. Our new report, “Federal Funding of America’s Sanctuary Cites” details federal grants and other forms of federal spending that flow to those cities.

Using our OpenTheBooks interactive map, search federal funding by city. Just click a pin and scroll down to review the municipal agencies and entities (FY2016).

Across America, there are over 300 governmental jurisdictions claiming "sanctuary status." Of those governments, there are 106 cities, while the rest are states, counties or other units of government.

Under Trump’s order, mayors defending their sanctuary city status are essentially imposing a defiance tax on local residents. On average, this tax amounts to $500 per man, woman and child. Major cities like Washington, D.C., New York and Chicago have the most to lose, and nearly $27 billion is at stake across the country.

Here are the top 10 takeaways from our findings:

  1. $26.741 billion in annual federal grants and direct payments flowed into America’s 106 sanctuary cities (FY2016).
  2. On average, the cost of lost federal funding for a family of four residing in one of the 106 sanctuary cities is $1,810 – or $454 per person. A total population of 46.2 million residents live in the 106 sanctuary cities according to census data.
  3. Washington, D.C., and Chicago, Illinois governments received the highest amount of federal funding per resident and, therefore, have the most to lose by maintaining their sanctuary status.Washington, D.C. municipal government received the highest amount of federal funding on a per capita basis: $3,228 per person; $12,912 per family of four; or $2.09 billion total. The City of Chicago, IL received the second highest amount of federal funding on a per capita basis: $1,942 per person; $7,768 per family of four; or $5.3 billion total.
  4. In cities with populations of 100,000 and above, the communities with the least per capita federal dollars ‘at risk’ are St. Paul, Minnesota ($47 per person, $14.2 million total); Downey, California ($36 per person, $4.2 million total) and Miami, Florida ($67 per person, $29.7 million total).
  5. $15.983 billion in federal funds flowed into just twelve major American cities where 1 in 5 illegal entrants reside (FY2016).
  6. Department of Justice grants to law enforcement – i.e. city police departments – totaled $543.97 million (FY2016). Typically, this funding was only a small percentage of the local law enforcement budgets.
  7. $4.23 billion in federal funding of the 106 sanctuary cities flowed via the ‘direct payment’ type. These payments funded municipal services such as housing, education, community development, and schools.
  8. $21.5 billion in federal funding of the 106 sanctuary cities flowed via the ‘grant’ payment mechanism. These payments funded local police and fire departments, schools, housing, and city services.
  9. In Los Angeles, fully 1 in 5 city residents (22-percent) are illegal entrants. However, the amount of federal funding amounts to only $126 per resident; $504 per family of four; or $502.5 million total.
  10. In Newark, New Jersey, 19-percent of city residents are undocumented entrants. However, the amount of federal funding amounts to $733 per resident; $2,932 per family of four; or $206.7 million.

The threat of losing nearly $27 billion in federal funding seems to be having an effect on some cities. In fact, Miami already reversed their sanctuary city policy.

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Budnacho's picture

Thats the Sound of Chicago imploding.....

Deathrips's picture

Can I withhold my payments to "our" ((((sanctuary)))) govt?


Rules for me but not for thee...



de3de8's picture

Can't wait to hear the spin on this one

Pinto Currency's picture

Top trending search on Google: "rule of law".

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Pinto Currency Mar 27, 2017 1:17 PM

Go Jeff!

2ndamendment's picture

WHA????? Actually ENFORCE the law? Change we can believe in!!!

Logan 5's picture
Logan 5 (not verified) 2ndamendment Mar 27, 2017 1:23 PM

At least he's finally taking a break from the 'Reefer Madness' marathon on TV...

JRobby's picture

The counter offensive is beginning

If we could just get rid of some of these fucking filthy scumbag Trolls! Like Logan 5 (fists up his ass)

FrozenGoodz's picture

Clown show off to a sound start to the week

JRobby's picture

And FrozenGoodz

The stupid names are pathetic.

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) JRobby Mar 27, 2017 2:24 PM

All those sanctuary ZOOs will have tu turn now to Pedesta for funding.

I bet they can find a couple of niglets, I mean pizzas tu repay him.

John Podesta Violated Federal Law by Not Disclosing 75,000 Stock Shares in a Kremlin Controlled Company


Deathrips's picture

Fuck you you spamming malware spreading plagiarist.

Go back to bothering your parents upstairs.



FireBrander's picture

I think we now know why the D's were so DESPERATE to keep Sessions from that job...

Smooth move again for Trump:

1. Appointing Sessions.

2. Just as the D's are about to turn the heat on Sessions up to BROIL, Trump claims Obama "wiretapped" loses it's mind over that (which just HAS TO be a lie) and the Sessions news cycle shuts off instantly.


Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

Adios amigos...

Go make your own country great if you're so smart and hard working.

TeamDepends's picture

Going to be a hot summer, brothers. The left will not accept defeat. They thought, after decades of battles won, that victory was theirs. Hillary would crush what was left of the Republic. But it was not to be!!! The communists are all in. Are you?

techies-r-us's picture
techies-r-us (not verified) kavlar Mar 27, 2017 9:49 PM

Aren't all Americans immigrants or children of immigrants?

Therefore, America as a whole is a sanctuary country.

TheMeatTrapper's picture

"Aren't all Americans immigrants or children of immigrants?"

No, some of us are children of CONQUERORS. There's a difference fuck face. 

FireBrander's picture

Everyone I know is an Immigrant....A >>>L-E-G-A-L<<< FUCKING IMMIGRANT!

Why is the ILLEGAL Part ALWAYS left out of the conversations?


"Trump is Anti-immigrant"

"Trump is Xenophobic"




TheMeatTrapper's picture

"Aren't all Americans immigrants or children of immigrants?

Therefore, America as a whole is a sanctuary country."

@DumbassesRus, no some of us are children of conquerors. There's a big difference. 

TeraByte's picture

Being the country largely based on immigration, does not make it a free lunch for everybody else a long time thereafter.

Thom Paine's picture

You do understand that immigration is people applying, being assessed and then rejected or accepted?

This is exactly what Trump wants. You do understand this?


What nobody should want is an open bordere where anybody from anywhere can come in, in any numbers.

So I gather if the population of Saudi Arabia or Turkey or India wanted to move to the USA you wouldn't be complaining as millions use the Mexican border to flow in?

I am sure there are a few hundred million Indians happy to move to the US. So you wouldn't stop them, open borders, no limit on 'immigration' / economic refugees.


So tell me what makes a country a country?


Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) techies-r-us Mar 28, 2017 4:56 AM

We aren't a nation of immigrants, we are a nation of citizens.

Refuse-Resist's picture

Hey dumbfuck. Immigrants assimlate, colonists demand current residents change to meet the colonizers demands.


These aren't immigrants. And yoi're full of shit.

swamp's picture

STOP with the nonsense.
That could be said about the entire world.

Elvis87's picture

Sessions knows all the dirt. Who all the rats are. The SHTF soon. I cant wait. Hes has been quiet getting his ducks in line.  Frigging yah

Tarzan's picture

how dare you talk to MDB like that

stocker84's picture

Took the words out of everybody except his parent's mouth.


Ha ha ha

JRobby's picture

Another Troll Cunt: xythras

Global Hunter's picture

I'm gona just thumb you down until you post more links to smokeshows. I can't get those near naked and bikini pics out my mind. MOAR babes.

Tiwin's picture

Copy paste MSM wannabee fuck.


bob_bichen's picture
bob_bichen (not verified) xythras Mar 27, 2017 3:22 PM

You have NO IDEA how troubled this individual, Xythras, is.  He has trolled and spammed his website crap on here forever, always with the same M.O. of "upvotes" from a long series of "imaginary playmates." It really is quite perverse and whoever "he" is, he seems to really get his rocks off fondling himself and giving himself green arrows; he appears to have no life beyond making off-topic comments with his link to the SPAM-, TROJAN-, VIRUS-INFESTED  "dailywesterner,com"

Other ZHers  may wish to take one minute to send an email to requesting that all of the "imaginary friends"  as well as XYTHRAS  be permanently banned for spamming.

As you do that, use your imagination to try to conceive of what type of whackadoo would spend their life in pajamas, eating stale chips and drinking cheap soda from the dollar store, popping zits, watching Road Runner cartoons and spamming zerohedge.

Born2Bwired's picture

I sent the following to abuse email as an idea:


Hi guys,

Great work with content on ZH. There are now lots of spammers who are going unblocked like Xythras, BobBrit and the make $7K people and the ShepWave people. Some of these are linking to malware sites.
As a suggestion, why don't you deputize some of the well received and known posters such as Knukles and HedgeLess and Banzi allowing them to terminate these nagging trolls. Obviously lots of Soros funded type accounts are out there now as well.
There are plenty of balanced long term members who could skim out the obvious crappola accounts if you let them, which would make everyone happier..
Another option is to put into the Posting logic something which resolves website links and declines posting to known spammer linksites. Of course this doesn't get rid of the trolls or those just wanting to create chaos.
Thanks for reading!
Hugh_Jorgan's picture

I wish they listened. I've tried countless times to get them to enforce their own policies regarding the asinine racial epithets and to report chronic spammers, I've seen ZERO enforcement.

BrownCoat's picture

I kinda like alternative opinions. Sometimes comments are bat-crap crazy and not worth the read. It is worth noting that some people in our society actually believe that bat-crap crazy stuff! Ya gonna block those people from living? Not!

Deal with it. Free speech is messy. This is not your "safe space."


83_vf_1100_c's picture

  I just fired one off.

  Everybody get behind this idea. Email the Tylers now. Hey all you contributing have personal relationships with ZH. What say you? A word from you folks could get this spam clown gone in a hurry.

quartshort's picture

If we email them as much as the dick ticklers spam these threads they're bound to do something, right?

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) bob_bichen Mar 27, 2017 7:17 PM

"Other ZHers  may wish to take one minute to send an email to..."

I agree with the email to abuse at zerohedge but lately - the last year or so - they haven't botherd doing anything abot regular spammers.  I think all abuse emails now go to their spam folder.  Take SchlongWave, for example.  He, from his Mom's basement, has in the range of 150 ZH accounts.  He will destroy comments sections with his accounts, pretending that he is multiple people praising SchlongWave with MASSIVE spam posts.  ZH gets plenty of abuse emails about SchlongWave, detailing his spam accounts.  But, ZH could give a shit.  They are letting he spammers take over.

Also, I know of two ZHers who have been banned for sending complaintsto the ZH abuse address.

TwelveOhOne's picture

Several weeks ago I reported someone who spammed an article 40 times with a fake tweet from President Trump, and the spam was gone a day later.  Not sure if the account was deleted or not.  But this was no more than two months ago, so they were at least still monitoring it then.

I agree that Xythras has to go.  I've sent at least three emails regarding him.  I don't want to appear as spamming the email -- but if that's what it takes for them to see how disruptive they are to the conversation, I suppose I could send them one email every time I see a post of his.

I suppose I should start working on something I can copy/paste...

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) TwelveOhOne Mar 28, 2017 10:32 AM

Just don't send the email from your registered email account and leave out your user name.  You could get banned for complaining.

TwelveOhOne's picture

I do exactly the opposite, actually: I send it from my registered account email, and I include my username in my signature.  This allows them to see that I am a reader and contributer.  I also include links to the exact comment, rather than just the article, and lately have been including links to others' comments who are complaining about the same thing.

I like another suggestion I saw, that ZH could promote some long-time members to be moderatorss.  Not saying it should be me, either, just that the community can self-police, like others I've seen do so successfully.

froze25's picture


There are only 3 counties in NYS besides the City that voted Hillary. The rest of the State does not support this AG.

Sofa King's picture

...and in NYC 1 of of 5 rejected the Bitch.

Stuck on Zero's picture

Why not cut all funding period and then offer $1000 reward for each illegal alien reported.

Logan 5's picture
Logan 5 (not verified) JRobby Mar 27, 2017 1:47 PM

"If we could just get rid of some of these fucking filthy scumbag Trolls! Like Logan 5"


Exactly what have I said?


I made a joke about the FACT that Sessions has practically done SQUAT (except make threats towards various marijuana rollbacks)...


Frankly ~ I'm kinda waiting & was hoping for some #PIZZAGATE indictments... But until I start seeing some of those, I'm not exactly thrilled with his body of work...


If that makes me a TROLL (in your 'pedo' ART OF THE DEAL dome), I'll roll with that (& wait in earnest while you junk every comment that I ever make in the future to prove to me that YOU'RE THE BOSS)...


Meanwhile ~ It's coming up on dinnertime... So, here's the link for your dinner reservations...

Handful of Dust's picture

New York Times: Rockville Rape By Two Illegal Immigrants Went ‘Virtually Uncovered’ on CNN, MSNBC


The two alleged rapists, ages 17 and 18, enrolled as freshmen at a public high school in Rockville, Maryland, after federal immigration authorities detained and later released them even though they were in the country illegally, the Baltimore Sun reported.

The suspects allegedly forced a girl to perform oral sex on them in a bathroom stall while they raped and sodomized her, despite her crying out in pain, begging them to stop, police said.

Left-leaning television networks left their viewers uninformed about the rape case, according to the Times.

Even though the story was ignored by most networks, the alleged rape has generated national outrage.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday that the alleged rape by illegal immigrants is one of the reasons why President Trump is so “passionate” about cracking down on illegal immigration.

“This is a tragic event, and it is horrendous, and horrible, and disgusting what this young woman in Rockville went through. I can’t possibly imagine,” Spicer said at the White House on Tuesday.

sister tika's picture

Regarding the Rockville school rape by the two illegals: the 18 yo WILL go to prison if convicted. I suspect the 17 yo may be convicted as an adult also.

The Aryan Brotherhood in the prison will have a welcoming party for them when they arrive. By the time they leave 'jail' (if they survive), their assholes will be the size of a Texas Cantaloupe.

mc888's picture

Regarding the Rockville school rape by the two illegals: the 18 yo WILL go to prison if convicted. I suspect the 17 yo may be convicted as an adult also.


You may be right. The question then becomes "Why in the blue hell should US taxpayers support these scumbags for the duration of a prison sentence?" Fuck that. These scumbags cannot be "rehabilitated".


a) you can't let them go back to their home country without paying for their crimes, and

b) their own country probably won't take them back.

We need to bring back the death penalty.



sister tika's picture

You are most correct, mc888. Send their shiny, guilty asses to Texas for lethal injection, gallows or whatever. Thank you for your above reply.

The State of Texas has capital punishment: