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Week In Review: Immigration, EPA Regulations24:01
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Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson gestures during a news conference in regard to the "Secure Communities" program, or "S Comm", held by Massachusetts county sheriffs at the Statehouse in Boston, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011. The program is designed to immediately check the immigration status of those arrested for crimes. Opponents say it will lead to profiling.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson gestures during a news conference in regard to the "Secure Communities" program, or "S Comm", held by Massachusetts county sheriffs at the Statehouse in Boston, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011. The program is designed to immediately check the immigration status of those arrested for crimes. Opponents say it will lead to profiling.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that the Department of Justice will withhold some federal grants from municipalities that do not cooperate with federal immigration detention requests. He said, "I strongly urge our nation's states and cities and counties, to consider carefully the harm they are doing to their citizens by refusing to enforce our immigration laws. And to rethink these policies."

Local mayors were quick to react. Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone hit back, saying, "Let me make myself clear. Somerville will not waver, we will remain a sanctuary city, we're going to uphold the Constitution, we're going to be a welcoming city for all, and we're prepared to take this fight the long way."

But Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson disagrees. On Tuesday, he testified before the House Judiciary Committee, subcommittee on Illegal Immigration, saying, "If these sanctuary cities are going to harbor and conceal criminal illegal aliens from ICE, which is in direct violation of Title 8 of the U.S. Code, federal arrest warrants should be issued for their elected officials."

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Lou Murraycontributor to WBUR's Cognoscenti. Member of the national Catholic Advisory Committee for Trump and Pence. He tweets @louislmurrayjr1.

John Carroll, professor of communication at Boston University and WBUR senior news analyst. He tweets @johncarroll_bu.

This segment aired on March 31, 2017.

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