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Flores: DOJ Sends Document Demands to 23 Jurisdictions on Immigration

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By    |   Wednesday, 24 January 2018 10:58 AM

The Justice Department is sending 23 jurisdictions that "may not be in compliance" with federal immigration laws a demand for documents Wednesday, with plans to follow that up with subpoenas if they do not comply, according to DOJ Public Affairs Director Sarah Flores.

"We identified 23 jurisdictions we think may not be in compliance with federal law," Flores told Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "We're sending them a document request. If they don't answer that, we're sending them a subpoena."

She didn't name the jurisdictions on the program, saying that was being saved for later in the morning, but "I don't think they will surprise you."

"These are jurisdictions with politicians that will charge criminal aliens, illegal aliens who committed crimes with a lesser offense than they would charge U.S. citizens," said Flores. "These are jurisdictions that have politicians that release criminal aliens back on the street after they commit crimes to commit more crimes against their citizens. This is what caused Kate Steinle's death."

Such jurisdictions are protected by local laws, unless those laws conflict with federal law, said Flores.

"We have given them federal dollars, your taxpayer dollars, to cooperate with federal law enforcement," she said. "They didn't have to take that money, but they did. When they took it, they said they would comply with federal law. If we find out you're not complying with federal law, we're taking tax dollars back."

Such money comes in the form of Byrne grants, which give federal assistance to state and local law enforcement agencies to fight crime, said Flores.

"They're meant to help citizens of these jurisdictions," she said. "If they are not protecting citizens of these jurisdiction, we'll give it to jurisdictions that care about law and order and restoring the rule of law in their communities."

During her Senate testimony last week, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the DOJ is considering charging state and local officials with criminal offenses if they implement or enforce sanctuary policies, reports Newsweek, but Flores told Fox News that is not part of the enforcement activities that will take place Wednesday.

"I don't have any announcements on that this morning but the truth is, every crime committed by someone who shouldn't be in this country is crime 100 percent preventable," said Flores, "so we are highly prioritizing these sanctuary jurisdictions, urging them to cooperate with federal law enforcement so we can lower the crime rates in some of these places."

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The Justice Department is sending 23 jurisdictions that "may not be in compliance" with federal immigration laws a demand for documents Wednesday, with plans to follow that up with subpoenas if they do not comply, according to DOJ Public Affairs Director Sarah Flores.
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