Attorney general announces round of lawsuits to confront resistance of 'sanctuary cities'
Posted February 10, 2020 7:19 p.m. EST
CNN — Attorney General William Barr launched a volley of lawsuits at progressive communities Monday in the latest escalation of the administration's hardline tactic on illegal immigration.
Speaking at an annual gathering of sheriffs in Washington, Barr put politicians on watch and announced a trio of lawsuits aimed at laws that he said were putting the safety of undocumented immigrants ahead of law-abiding citizens.
In Washington state, the Justice Department sued to block a policy that blocks the Department of Homeland Security from deporting undocumented immigrants out of a Seattle airport.
In New Jersey, prosecutors alleged that practices preventing information sharing between local law enforcement and immigration officials are unlawful.
And in California, Justice Department attorneys pushed back against a new state law that prohibits the use of private detention facilities, which are used by the Department of Homeland Security to house undocumented immigrants.
"Today is a significant escalation in the federal government's efforts to confront the resistance of 'sanctuary cities,' " Barr said. "We will consider taking action against any jurisdiction that, or any politician who, unlawfully obstructs the federal enforcement of immigration law."
This is a breaking story and will be updated.