California Senate Leader Responds to AG Sessions Call to Punish “Sanctuary Cities”

Monday, March 27, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Senate President Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement Monday in response to United States Attorney Jeff Session’s announcement to withhold Department of Justice grant dollars from “sanctuary cities.”

“The announcement today by Attorney General Jeff Sessions is nothing short of blackmail. When it comes to immigrants and sanctuary counties and cities, the Attorney General and the President are stuck on alternative facts.

“They are wrong about immigrants and wrong about what makes our communities safer. Data shows  that sanctuary counties are not only safer than comparable non-sanctuary jurisdictions but are also better off economically.

“Instead of making us safer, the Trump administration is spreading fear and promoting race-based scapegoating. Their gun-to-the-head method to force resistant cities and counties to participate in Trump’s inhumane and counterproductive mass-deportation is unconstitutional and will fail.”