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Jeff Sessions’ Crackdown On Sanctuary Cities Deemed Unconstitutional By Lawyers For Bay Area Cities, Counties

July 28, 2017

San Rafael Patch,

Staff,

July 27, 2017-

Two lawyers representing Bay Area cities and counties have said they believe U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ new directive on sanctuary cities is unconstitutional. The directive announced by Sessions on Tuesday sets conditions for local governments receiving federal funding under a program known as the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Program in the next fiscal year, which begins on Oct. 1.

Two of the conditions are that a city or county must allow Homeland Security Department agents into jails to question potentially undocumented immigrants and must give the department 48 hours notice before releasing an immigrant sought by federal authorities. San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera and attorney Linda Ross, who represents 15 cities and counties, said that in their view, Sessions exceeded his authority.

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