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AG Sessions warns sanctuary jurisdictions to certify compliance with 8 U.S.C. § 1373 or lose DOJ grants

  1. Original Date Announced

    March 27, 2017

    Attorney General Sessions delivers remarks on sanctuary jurisdictions, stating that the DOJ will require jurisdictions seeking or applying for grants to certify compliance with 8 U.S.C. § 1373 and that DOJ will “take all lawful steps to claw-back any funds awarded to a jurisdiction that willfully violates Section 1373.”

    [ID #137]

    DOJ Press Release: Attorney General Jeff Sessions Delivers Remarks on Sanctuary Jurisdictions
  2. Effective Date

    March 27, 2017
  4. Biden Administration Action: Revoked/Replaced

    April 28, 2021

    2021.04.28 Reuters Reports: Justice Department ends Trump-era limits on grants to ‘sanctuary cities’


    This Biden administration policy revokes in its entirety the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.

    On April 28, 2021, Reuters reported that the Justice Department ended Trump-era limits on these grants to "sanctuary cities."

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Current Status

Not in effect

Most Recent Action

April 28, 2021 Action: Revoked/Replaced 2021.04.28 Reuters Reports: Justice Department ends Trump-era limits on grants to ‘sanctuary cities’
April 28, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Agency Directive
Agencies Affected: DOJ ICE State & Local Entities

Pre Trump-Era Policies

  • November 14, 2014

    Under the Obama Administration, DHS replaced the controversial Secure Communities program with the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP) to address some of the sanctuary jurisdictions' concerns. Under PEP, ICE continued to receive biometric information on FBI arrests, but sought custody only when the person being held was convicted (rather than just arrested) of offenses that met the administration’s deportation priorities (criminal aliens convicted of felonies or multiple misdemeanors, and recent border crossers). Also, detainer requests were replaced by requests for notification, i.e. “requests that state or local law enforcement notify ICE of a pending release during the time that person is otherwise in custody under state of local authority.” DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson subsequently testified that DHS had been reaching out to the 49 largest sanctuary jurisdictions to urge their cooperation with PEP and that 33 cities had agreed, 5 had refused, and 11 were still deciding.

    Repeal of Secure Communities


  • Bipartisan Policy Center | Sanctuary Cities and Immigration Detainers: A Primer

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