The Trump administration is considering the arrests of mayors and other officials in sanctuary cities, amid the protests of immigration advocates who argue that such actions would be unconstitutional.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen made the disclosure Tuesday during a Senate committee hearing on the department’s operations, adding that the Justice Department is also reviewing possible avenues that would lead to an efficient and effective enforcement of current immigration laws.
While opponents of sanctuary cities argue that the cities should assist the federal government in enforcing immigration law, supporters say that enforcement of federal law is not the duty of localities.
Listed among sanctuary cities are D.C., Baltimore, New York City, Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago and Miami.
Though a federal judge in November blocked a Trump executive order that sought to strip sanctuary cities of federal funding, the administration has vowed to withhold funding from cities that refuse to give federal immigration authorities access to jails and provide advance notice when an illegal immigrant is about to be released.