On Monday, Attorney General Barr announced that the Justice Department will be filing multiple lawsuits against sanctuary cities for unconstitutionally violating immigration enforcement.

In a statement made while speaking at the National Sheriff’s Association 2020 Winter Legislative and Technology Conference, Barr explained the sanctions as a “significant escalation” against left-wing governments who obstruct the “lawful functioning of our nation’s immigration system.”

“Let us state the reality upfront and as clearly as possible,” Barr said. “When we are talking about sanctuary cities, we are talking about policies that are designed to allow criminal aliens to escape. These policies are not about people who came to our country illegally but have otherwise been peaceful and productive members of society. Their express purpose is to shelter aliens whom local law enforcement has already arrested for other crimes. This is neither lawful nor sensible.”

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The DOJ has now filed a federal complaint against the State of New Jersey seeking declaratory and injunctive relief “against its laws that forbid state and local law enforcement from sharing vital information about criminal aliens with DHS,” Barr said

Additionally, “we are filing a complaint seeking declaratory and injunctive relief against King County, Washington, for the policy … that forbids DHS from deporting aliens from the United States using King County International Airport,” Barr said.

Along with the multiple lawsuits against sanctuary jurisdictions, AG Barr says the Justice Department plans to undergo unprecedented national reviews of certain attorneys who break the law for illegal immigrants.

“We are meticulously reviewing the actions of certain district attorneys who have adopted policies of charging foreign nationals with lesser offenses for the express purpose of avoiding the federal immigration consequences of those nationals’ criminal conduct. In pursuing their personal ambitions and misguided notions of equal justice, these district attorneys are systematically violating the rule of law and may even be unlawfully discriminating against American citizens.”

AG Barr justified the sweeping new sanctions, citing multiple instances in which illegal immigrants were able to commit crimes due to sanctuary city policies.

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