Sessions expects 'sanctuary cities' to comply under federal pressure

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsPress: Acosta, latest to walk the plank The Hill's Morning Report — Trump retreats on census citizenship question Alabama senator says Trump opposed to Sessions Senate bid MORE said Friday he expects so-called "sanctuary cities" refusing to help federal immigration enforcement efforts to eventually comply under federal pressure.

"A number of cities are reviewing the situation, and will not be on a list of cities that are not cooperating," Sessions said on Fox News. 

"Miami-Dade has met ... and they've been approved. Milwaukee has met with us, and they've been approved. Las Vegas was on a list, and we find that they're in agreement," he said. 

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The Justice Department moved earlier this year to punish cities that don't cooperate with federal immigration authorities by withholding law enforcement grants to the jurisdictions.

However, a federal judge largely blocked that effort last month in response to a lawsuit filed by the city of Chicago. 

Sessions announced on Thursday that the Justice Department will give Chicago, New Orleans, New York and Philadelphia "a last chance" to prove that they do not qualify as sanctuary cities before they lose federal funding. 

“Jurisdictions that adopt so-called ‘sanctuary policies’ also adopt the view that the protection of criminal aliens is more important than the protection of law-abiding citizens and of the rule of law,” Sessions said in a statement. 

President Trump blasted Democrats who supported sanctuary cities in a tweet on Friday, saying they were no longer recognizable.