The Justice Department announced on Monday it will award more than $98 million to local police departments, giving preferential treatment to 80% of the recipients because they’d agreed to let federal immigration officers inside local jails and notify federal authorities about undocumented immigrants in local custody.
The grants are part of a broader effort by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reward cities that cooperate with the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration, while threatening to block standard-issue crime-fighting grants from dozens of jurisdictions that may have adopted sanctuary policies.
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The community-policing grants announced Monday will disburse $98,495,397 to 179 local law enforcement agencies, which will hire 802 officers, as part of the Justice Department’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) hiring program.
In doing so, Sessions
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