AG Sessions Pleads with Maryland Not to Become a Sanctuary State

Melanie Arter | March 27, 2017 | 10:36pm EDT
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions (AP Photo)

( - Attorney General Jeff Sessions pleaded with Maryland residents Monday not to make the state a sanctuary city, saying it makes the state “more at risk for violence and crime.”

“Well, you know, Maryland is talking about a state law to make the state a sanctuary state. The governor is opposed to that, I'm glad to hear. That would be such a mistake. I would plead with the people of Maryland to understand that this makes the state of Maryland more at risk for violence and crime. It is not good policy,” Sessions said.


Sessions was asked about the recent case of a 14-year-old girl who was raped in high school in Rockville, Md., allegedly by two illegal immigrant students - an 18-year-old and a 17-year-old - in the boys’ bathroom.

Meanwhile, the father of 18-year-old Henry Sanchez-Milian - 43-year-old Adolfo Sanchez-Reyes - was reportedly arrested on Friday “after a review of his immigration history revealed he was unlawfully present in the United States” from Guatemala, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson Sarah Rodriguez.

The 18-year-old’s attorney, Andrew Jezic, said Sanchez-Milian was stopped in Texas at the border in August and detained by ICE for 12 days, “but then ICE made the discretionary decision to simply let him go. They put him on a plane in Texas and his father had to pay for the ticket. His father picked him up at BWI Airport and he's been in this country with the full awareness of ICE.”

Sessions said “as a former prosecutor for many years in state and federal law in jurisdictions, I just know the historic relationship different federal agencies have with regard to honoring detainers.”

“It's just a fundamental principle of law enforcement that if you have a person arrested, and another jurisdiction has a charge, then they file a detainer, and when you finish with the prisoner, you turn them over to the next jurisdiction for their adjudication. That is why it should be done,” he said.

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