Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) took aim at states and cities who have adopted "sanctuary" policies, applauding Attorney General Jeff Sessions for vowing to cut federal funding from communities that do not cooperate in enforcing federal immigration laws. 

In a press conference yesterday, Sessions specifically urged lawmakers in Maryland not to pass a bill that would declare the state a "sanctuary" for those in the U.S. illegally.

He was responding to a question about the recent rape of a 14-year-old girl, allegedly by an undocumented student, at Rockville High School.

On "America's Newsroom," Brewer criticized the "political agenda" motivating local officials and state governors to adopt sanctuary policies. 

"Federal law trumps state or city law and regulations," she noted, adding that polls have shown 80 percent of Americans support President Trump on the issue. 

Brewer said legal action should be taken against officials who sign off on the release of criminal aliens, rather than hold them for deportation. 

"Releasing criminals, murderers, rapists, child abusers back out into our streets? They ought to be in jail really. They're harboring and protecting criminals!" said Brewer.

Watch her full commentary above.

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