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."
This article was originally published on March 31, 2017.
This segment aired on March 31, 2017.