Kirstjen Nielsen, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has taken a step towards legal action against leaders of sanctuary cities for not complying with federal immigration authorities by requesting federal prosecutors at the Justice Department (DOJ) to review what criminal charges can be brought against them.
On Tuesday Nielsen told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the Department of Justice “is reviewing what avenues may be available,” as reported by Fox News.
“We’ve got to start charging some of these politicians with crimes,” said Tom Homan, the acting director for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), during an interview with Neil Cavuto on January 2.
The Daily Wire reports, “Lawrence Democratic Mayor Dan Rivera said that the threat makes him ‘laugh,’ adding that the notion of filing criminal charges against him are ‘foolish’ because he is a ‘war vet.'”
Democratic Mayor Martin J. Walsh of Boston replied to this threat stating, “We are a city that values and respects immigrants, and Boston will keep standing by its immigrant community.”
Of course President Donald Trump has said his two-cents on what he thinks about Democrats protecting criminal illegal aliens in sanctuary cities. Back in October 2017:
Hard to believe that the Democrats, who have gone so far LEFT that they are no longer recognizable, are fighting so hard for Sanctuary crime
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 13, 2017