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The U.S. Department of Justice has given approximately $342 million to ten so-called "sanctuary cities."

These cities have controversial policies that prevent jails and police from cooperating with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in locating criminal illegal immigrants sought for deportation.

Tucker Carlson said on "Fox and Friends Weekend" that this begs the question: "Should taxpayers be on the hook for coddling illegal, criminal aliens?"

Jessica Vaughan, with the Center for Immigration Studies, said it's "outrageous" that the Justice Department is giving millions and millions to dollars to these jurisdictions that are clearly in violation of federal law.

"This is outrageous not only because it means taxpayers are subsidizing the obstruction of enforcement, and they're not complying with federal law, but the result is that criminal aliens who should be deported instead get released back into the communities and are there to keep threatening people," Vaughan said. "So it's a public safety problem as well."

She said that this can't go on, calling for action to be taken against sanctuary cities.

"These ten were the worst that DOJ identified, but there were more than 300 of them at last count, all over the country," Vaughan said. "But these big ones are really sucking up the all this money that should go to places that are doing the right thing."

"It's just outrageous that so much money is going to subsidize this illegal activity."

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