Attorney General William Barr spoke at the National Sheriff’s Association 2020 Winter Legislative and Technology Conference in Washington, D.C.

Barr stated the Justice Department would take legal action against sanctuary jurisdictions for unconstitutionally interfering with federal immigration enforcement.

The Justice Department will file lawsuits against left-wing state and local governments across the country that obstruct the “lawful functioning of our nation’s immigration system.”

The plan of action was announced by Barr who charged that “sanctuary” cities that protect illegal immigrants are jeopardizing domestic security.

Barr called the sanctions a “significant escalation” against cities and states that interfere with immigration laws.

Speaking at the conference, Barr said the following:

Barr began “Let us state the reality upfront and as clearly as possible.”

“When we are talking about sanctuary cities, we are talking about policies that are designed to allow criminal aliens to escape.”

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“These policies are not about people who came to our country illegally but have otherwise been peaceful and productive members of society.”

“Their express purpose is to shelter aliens whom local law enforcement has already arrested for other crimes.”

“This is neither lawful nor sensible,” Barr concluded.

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The DOJ has now filed a federal complaint against the State of New Jersey seeking declaratory and injunctive relief “against its laws that forbid state and local law enforcement from sharing vital information about criminal aliens with DHS,” Barr said.

That was a reference to New Jersey Attorney General Law Enforcement Directive 2018-6, which the DOJ says illegally bars officials from sharing the immigration status and release dates of individuals in custody.

It also requires New Jersey law enforcement to “promptly notify a detained individual, in writing and in a language the individual can understand” if Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) files an immigration detainer request for the individual.

Additionally, “we are filing a complaint seeking declaratory and injunctive relief against King County, Washington, for the policy … that forbids DHS from deporting aliens from the United States using King County International Airport,” Barr said.