WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Justice conceded that sanctuary jurisdictions impede federal immigration enforcement and pose a significant danger to public safety and that such policies violate federal law. That acknowledgement came in a letter, written by Assistant Attorney General Peter J. Kadzik to Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas), Chairman of the House Appropriations on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies, which was released shortly before Attorney General Loretta Lynch testified before the subcommittee on Wednesday.
"Kadzik's letter represents the first clear admission by the Obama administration that sanctuary jurisdictions pose a risk to public safety and that they violate federal law," stated Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). "In the past, including in the aftermath of last summer's killing in San Francisco of Kate Steinle by an illegal alien with a long criminal record, the administration has dismissed the connection between sanctuary policies and public safety as mere anomalies. Now it is on record acknowledging the dangers of not enforcing our nation's immigration laws."
FAIR is calling upon all of the candidates vying for the presidency in the 2016 elections to clearly state their positions on sanctuary jurisdictions, "Each of the people seeking to be our next president must tell the American people if they agree with the Obama administration's assessment that sanctuary policies endanger public safety and are a violation of federal statutes and what specific actions they would take to compel those jurisdictions to comply with federal law," declared Stein.
"Immigration has become a central issue in the 2016 campaign, driven in part by the public's perception that their safety is unnecessarily at risk due to sanctuary policies and the federal government's refusal to hold jurisdictions that implement those policies accountable. Voters should have an opportunity to know how the next president would deal with sanctuary policies that the current administration now acknowledges to be dangerous and illegal," Stein concluded.
Founded in 1979, FAIR is the country's largest immigration reform group. With more than 250,000 members nationwide, FAIR fights for immigration policies that serve national interests, not special interests. FAIR believes that immigration reform must enhance national security, improve the economy, protect jobs, preserve our environment, and establish a rule of law that is recognized and enforced.