Independent Sentinel, by Sarah Noble
Jeh Johnson warned Congress not to pass any laws to stop sanctuary cities. He also made it clear he won’t use the tools available to him to return criminals from countries who don’t want them back.
It’s not just hardworking men and women crossing the southwest border, but drugs, weapons, victims of human trafficking and people with terrorism ties, as well. The border is not secure and we don’t have a southern border, according to testimony in March of this year by border agent Chris Cabrera.
Jeh Johnson was asked about it on Tuesday and evaded the questions, answering with diversionary responses. Johnson did say he does not want to see nor does he want to enforce any law against sanctuary cities. Nor will he use the powers he has as DHS Chief against countries who refuse to repatriate illegal aliens from their country. He will talk with them instead.
ICE is releasing hardened illegal alien criminals to sanctuary cities, knowing the city won’t cooperate, knowing they don’t honor detainers. Jeh Johnson agreed the practice “doesn’t make sense” and “there should be some discretion built in.” However, he will not support federal law to force sanctuary cities into compliance with federal law.
When asked about municipalities that refuse to cooperate, Johnson said he will “evaluate” and “build in some discrimination.”
Johnson warned congress against trying to pass laws forcing cooperation from sanctuary cities, saying it could conflict with the Constitution, and it won’t win over the hearts of reluctant communities.
“My hope is that jurisdictions like San Francisco County will cooperate with our new [Priority Enforcement] program,” he told the House Judiciary Committee. “I’m making the rounds with a lot of jurisdictions.
Johnson claims he has a “tremendous backlog” and has to “prioritize” the worst and most recent entrants. Unless the individuals commit a serious crime in this country, they will not be deported and even in some of those cases, they have not been deported….