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Attorney General: Texas Will File Brief to Redirect Funds from ‘Sanctuary Cities’

The AG spoke on illegal immigration and violent crime

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks to Attorney’s Office staff and reporters on August 10, 2018, in Houston, TX.

United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Friday the state of Texas and seven Texas mayors are filing a brief in court to support Department of Justice efforts redirecting federal grant money from cities that do not cooperate with federal law enforcement agencies to those that do. 

While speaking at the United States Attorney’s Office in Houston, Sessions linked violent crime to illegal immigration, highlighting crimes committed in Texas by members of the gang MS-13, a group President Donald Trump has repeatedly singled out. 

Last May, NPR reported on four studies that show illegal immigration does not increase the prevalence of violent crime.

Sessions praised local and state political leaders, including Congressman John Culberson, who chairs the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee which funds the Department of Justice, and Governor Greg Abbott.

He also praised Texas lawmakers for passing Senate Bill 4, a law that forces local law enforcement to comply with federal immigration policies.

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Davis Land

Davis Land

General Assignments Reporter

Davis Land is a general assignment reporter for Houston Public Media. He cut his teeth at Atlantic Public Media/Transom.org in Woods Hole, MA and at WBUR in Boston. His work has appeared on various public radio programs and podcasts including Texas Standard, Here and Now, and Marketplace. Davis is a...

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