The self-described CFO of the Department of Justice said in new interview the laws regarding sanctuary cities are simple: enforce the law or watch your federal money disappear.
During an appearance on Sunday's "Full Measure," Republican Rep. John Culberson of Texas told host Sharyl Attkisson that as chairman of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science, he has the authority to stop the flow of federal law enforcement grants to jurisdictions.
"I made it clear as the new chairman, the rule is if you want federal money, follow federal law," Culberson said. "I found a law that's crystal clear and unambiguous and I found a way to enforce it using the power of the purse, which is very persuasive."
Sanctuary cities, counties, and other jurisdictions serve as havens for illegal immigrants because they choose not to enforce federal immigration laws. Critics say the policy allows undocumented immigrants, including those with criminal records, to stay in the U.S. illegally.
President Donald Trump has attempted to take action against sanctuary cities by cutting off federal grant money that's used for law enforcement purposes.
"These are law enforcement grants for the law enforcement of the country and state, the cost of incarcerating illegal aliens in custody, which is particularly galling that these sanctuary jurisdictions hide and protect criminal aliens in their jails from being deported, but they still have to ask for federal money for housing the criminal alien," Culberson said.
"So that money is cut off. … It's real easy, their money disappears. There's no fight, their money is gone."
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