U.S. Attorney General William Barr announced on Monday that the Justice Department will sue U.S. states that flout federal immigration law by refusing to cooperate with federal law enforcement. Specifically, the DOJ rolled out new legal actions against the states of California and New Jersey and King County in Washington state.
In his remarks, Barr said "so-called progressive politicians" are "jeopardizing the public's safety by putting the interests of criminal aliens before those of law-abiding citizens."
"What has perplexed me about the position of sanctuary cities is that those are the communities that are victimized first," she said. "So if we're really concerned about illegal aliens, undocumented workers, particularly women and children as well, that thinking about the impact on those individuals has to come first and foremost."
Bailey said in that last month, there were 1,047 cases of illegal reentries. Of those cases, 336 individuals had criminal histories, including 67 convictions for violent crime, 107 DUIs, and 119 drug crime convictions.
"If we don't have the cooperation of state and local authorities, some large number of Illegal aliens with a criminal history are going to be walking free on the streets of our community," Bailey said.