Sheriff Calls Out Emanuel for 'Unbelievable' & 'Outrageous' Lawsuit Against DOJ
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel sued the Trump administration Monday over its threat to withhold funding from sanctuary cities.
The Justice Department wants to withhold a long-running federal crime prevention grant from cities that refuse to notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) when they have illegal immigrants in custody.
Now, a Massachusetts sheriff is calling out Emanuel for prioritizing politics over the safety of his city's citizens.
"This is a mayor who's overseeing a city that's basically a war zone now with crime," Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said on "Your World." "To think that he would be pushing back against President Trump and Attorney General Sessions' efforts to keep the people in his own community safe, it's unbelievable, it's outrageous."
He agreed with Sessions' remarks that it puts officers and citizens at risk for local authorities to release illegal immigrants from custody without coordinating with the federal government.
"It's very, very difficult to understand how anyone would not want law enforcement agencies working in collaboration," Hodgson said.
He noted that Emanuel, during his news conference on Monday, repeatedly spoke about "immigrants" and "immigration."
"What we're against is 'illegal immigration,'" Hodgson said. "So that people will follow the laws, and that those who are waiting beyond our borders, respecting the laws, aren't made to feel like ... a bunch of fools for doing the right thing, respecting our laws and waiting your turn."
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