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President Trump imposed a new federal policy on Wednesday that could lead to the stripping of federal funds to state and local jurisdictions that refuse to comply with federal immigration laws, known broadly as “sanctuary cities.”

Republicans have been fuming for years over President Obama’s acceptance of sanctuary cities, even after events in which illegal immigrants are set lose by local jurisdictions and commit violent crimes. The murder of Kate Steinle in San Francisco by a man who had been deported several times before became a rallying point for conservatives who were demanding zero tolerance for sanctuary cities.

Trump ran on a “law and order” platform, and the “public safety” order he signed Wednesday calls for strict enforcement of all immigration laws, and includes a separate section dealing with sanctuary cities.

According to the order, it is now U.S. policy to “ensure, to the fullest extend of the law,” that local jurisdictions comply with federal law dealing with communications between federal and local authorities. That law holds that no official can block information flows from the Immigration and Naturalization Service about citizenship or immigration status.

A key feature of sanctuary cities is their refusal to communicate with federal officials about when they are releasing someone that federal officials want to detain.

Trump’s order said jurisdictions that refuse to comply “are not eligible to receive federal grants,” except for those deemed necessary for law enforcement. It said the secretary of Homeland Security has the authority to designate non-compliant jurisdictions.

Additionally, the attorney general will “take appropriate enforcement action” against these jurisdictions.

And, it said DHS must publicize each week the criminal actions committed by illegal immigrants in each sanctuary jurisdiction.

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