Rep. McNerney defends sanctuary cities against DOJ threats to withhold funds

(Washington, DC) – On Friday, Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09), who represents portions of Antioch, sent a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ), responding to the agency’s threat to withhold federal dollars from the City of Stockton, and several other cities, if local law enforcement does not notify the Department of Homeland Security regarding the detainment of illegal aliens.

In response to DOJ’s initial letter, McNerney issued the following statement:

“The City of Stockton has made significant progress combatting crime, in large part due to its highly capable police department. The Stockton PD is nationally recognized for its innovative and effective approaches to reducing crime, and in order to ensure they can best serve their communities, Stockton police and other local law enforcement must be able to decide on the best strategy to combat crime without federal interference.

“The funds DOJ is threatening to withhold come from the Public Safety Partnership (PSP), which was created to help keep cities and communities safe and to improve relationships between community members and law enforcement. These grants are essential to our local law enforcement and withholding them would be counterproductive to the progress these regions have made.

“I sent a letter to the Department of Justice, underscoring the benefits of this program and its role in the agency’s mission. If the DOJ is truly committed to public safety through federal leadership, they will seek other opportunities to support their local law enforcement counterparts, rather than handicap them.”

4 Comments to “Rep. McNerney defends sanctuary cities against DOJ threats to withhold funds”

  1. Marty Fernandez says:

    If they violate federal law then the money should be taken away.

    • Bill says:


      We are supposed to be a country based on the rule of law. If you don’t like the law, work to get it changed but until then, laws must be followed. This selctive enforecment of laws is detroying cities and country.

  2. Arne says:

    If you are not going to cooperate with the federal government, then you are not “entitled” to receive any federal money. Simple.

  3. Sherra says:

    Absolutely take the federal money away. Our elected officials need to follow the law. There is a reason why we have the hierarchy of elections that our forefathers put in place. The lower level elected are trying to take over control. That is wrong and brings chaos.

    Governor Brown has fit over 30 million extra dollars he has found among our taxes in the budget specifically for attorneys for illegals caught and trying to not be deported. Defies logic. If we want to take back our country it has got to start with the education system…. Common core curriculum is a plague on our children’s minds so bad that not only in this curriculum is 2 +2 =5 if everyone else thinks so but our high schools now can’t even pass the senior test to graduate so it was suspended! C’mon! Stop the participation trophy thinking, it leads to Mediocrity and Degradation of our society to 3rd world way of living.

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