Immigration Law

Can Sessions Force 'Sanctuary' States, Cities to Kowtow?

On Monday, March 27, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened to withhold - and even "claw back" - federal grants to so-called "sanctuary" jurisdictions.

Legal experts dispute Sessions' authority to do that.

Two recent documents from the Congressional Research Service, The Federal Government’s Authority to Impose Conditions on Grant Funds and State and Local “Sanctuary” Policies Limiting Participation in Immigration Enforcement, provide some background on this knotty legal question.