The Justice Department has promised more than $98 million dollars in community policing grants to local departments that promise to turn in undocumented immigrants to federal agents. The grants are part of Jeff Sessions' broader crackdown on illegal immigration, paired with Sessions' vow to block standard-issue grants from cities who do not cooperate with his policies and his total abandonment of police reform, all of which have been criticized by some as extremist and inhumane.
According to Buzzfeed, Sessions has created a point-based system to grade applicants for the grants. Extra points are given to departments who have agreed to give the Department of Homeland Security access to detention facilities and provide notice before releasing an undocumented immigrant. Points were also awarded to departments that aimed to hire officers to fight violent crime, assist in homeland security, and combat unauthorized immigrants.
“Cities and states that cooperate with federal law enforcement make all of us safer by helping remove dangerous criminals from our communities,” Sessions said in a statement. “Today, the Justice Department announced that 80 percent of this year’s COPS Hiring Program grantees have agreed to cooperate with federal immigration authorities in their detention facilities. I applaud their commitment to the rule of law and to ending violent crime, including violent crime stemming from illegal immigration.”
Similar grant programs under Obama functioned with the goal of building trust and detoxifying the relations between police and communities.
Similtaneously, the Trump administration continues to expand threats against so-called "sanctuary" cities who do not cooperate with the new aims of the Justice Department.
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