White House Defends DOJ’s Threat to Sanctuary Cities

By Melanie Arter | January 24, 2018 | 6:47pm EST
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Screenshot of White House video)

(CNSNews.com) - The White House on Wednesday defended the Department of Justice’s threat to sanctuary cities, saying that the administration “cannot allow people to pick and choose what laws they want to follow.”

In a letter to 23 sanctuary cities, the DOJ demanded records on whether they are “unlawfully restricting information sharing by law enforcement officers with federal immigration authorities.”

“I continue to urge all jurisdictions under review to reconsider policies that place the safety of their communities and their residents at risk.,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. “Protecting criminal aliens from federal immigration authorities defies common sense and undermines the rule of law.”

As a result, some mayors - including New York City’s Bill DeBlasio - have decided to opt out of meeting with the president Wednesday for a working session.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “The White House has been very clear that we don't support sanctuary cities. We support enforcing the law and following the law, and that is the Department of Justice's job, is do exactly that.

“And if mayors have a problem with that, they should talk to Congress, the people that pass the laws. The Department of Justice enforces them, and as long as that is the law, the Department of Justice is going to strongly enforce it,” Sanders added.

“Look, we would love to able to work with these mayors, particularly on issues like infrastructure and other things, but we cannot allow people to pick and choose what laws they want to follow.  If we have a country with no laws, then nothing matters,” she said.

“So we cannot allow a few individual people to decide that they don't want to follow the rules.  You guys wouldn't be allowed to do that in your own networks and outlets, and the federal government cannot allow people to act independently and completely ignore the law,” Sanders said.


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