Report: DOJ gave more than $340M in tax dollars to sanctuary cities

FILE - A map of sanctuary cities. According to a report, the DOJ gave more than $340M in tax dollars to sanctuary cities, August 16, 2016. (MGN Online)

According to the watchdog group Judicial Watch, the Department of Justice has given hundreds of millions of dollars to U.S. sanctuary states and cities and rewards those havens that shield violent illegal immigrants from deportation.

How could the DOJ, which is supposed to enforce the law, be doing this?

Sanctuary cities and states are jurisdictions that do not report illegal immigrants to law enforcement. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, there are 340 such havens nationwide. Yet, Judicial Watch says a sampling of 10 havens from California to Philadelphia got more than $340,000,000 of tax money from the DOJ.

“And who does that benefit?” asks Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch. “Illegal aliens who commit crimes that these cities have in their jails; and some of the guys are released on to the streets to go on and kill people like Kate Steinle.”

Ms. Steinle was fatally shot in San Francisco last year. The Mexican national who reportedly confessed to the crime … had been deported 5 times.

Immigration experts say roughly 1000 illegal immigrants per month who commit crime are never reported to the feds and that’s why themoney shouldn’t be going to places that break federal immigration law.

“The law is that a local community or state can’t get in the way of the police communicating with the federal government about someone’s immigration status,” adds Fitton.

After contacting the DOJ for comment, Sinclair received an e-mail describing it’s role doling out these grants. The DOJ oversees the "State Criminal Alien Assistance Program" or SCAAP. It reads in part “SCAAP funds must be used for correctional purposes only; such as salaries for corrections officers, construction of corrections facilities and training / education for offenders.”

“But that money is given specifically because of illegal immigrants that they have in their custody,” says Mark Krikorian, Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies.

Texas Representative John Culberson (R) led the charge to get the DOJ to update federal guidelines this year. His office tells us this is an ongoing process, and Culberson is working to force these sanctuary havens to change their behavior.

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