One Republican lawmaker has vowed to fight the Obama administration on a level congressional Republicans control — the government’s purse strings.
Texas Rep. John Culberson , chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Department of Justice, cautioned Attorney General Loretta Lynch that he will use his budget authority if she does not move to shut down sanctuary cities that provide a haven for illegal aliens in the United States.
Culberson basically threatened to neuter the politicized Justice Department if Lynch does not curb liberals’ overreaching sanctuary city laws.
“This is a complicated problem with a simple solution,” Culberson said. “State and local law enforcement agencies should not receive federal law enforcement grant money unless they are in compliance with federal law.”
In his statement, Culberson said that federal law requires local governments to work with immigration agents.
In the letter he wrote to Lynch, Culberson said that the attorney general must include a certification for local governments applying for federal money through Byrne Justice Assistance Grants, a community-oriented police office assistance program, and the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program.
The certification must state that the local governments were in compliance with federal laws, especially cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents.
In the event Lynch decides not to cooperate with his demand, the Justice Department is likely to see severe budgetary consequences.
Last year the GOP tried the same tactic with sanctuary cities, but the GOP leadership ultimately abandoned the project, fearing a governmental shutdown.
The Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates an immigration crackdown, said about 9,000 criminals ICE had wanted to deport were instead released in the community by sanctuary cities in 2014, according to Newsmax.