The murder of the beautiful Kate Steinle (pictured above) by an illegal criminal called attention to the sanctuary city of San Francisco. The illegal had been deported numerous times only to come back and murder Kate. The national outcry helped expose the lawlessness of this policy.

There are 300 sanctuary cities in the U.S. where illegal aliens are free to roam without any arrest by law enforcement. Now they’re going to be in a bind because the Justice Department has decided these cities cannot accept federal funds and still be a sanctuary city. Do you think this is just lip service by the Justice Department?

The Justice Department, in a significant reversal applauded by Republicans, has called for an end to so-called “sanctuary cities” where illegal immigrants accused of crimes are harbored by cities and counties that receive federal aid.

In a letter to the chairman of the House Justice appropriations committee, Assistant Attorney General Peter J. Kadzik said that from now on the department will require over 300 sanctuary cities cities, including Washington, D.C., New York and San Francisco, to abide by immigration laws or see their federal funds cut. If they are found to be in violation of federal laws, as in protecting illegal immigrants, Justice will move in with civil or criminal charges.

In his letter to Rep. John A. Culberson, Texas Republican, Kadzik said that he will advise communities that receive federal money that they are “required to assure and certify that they are in compliance with all applicable federal laws, and will continue to be required to do so.”

Culberson, who had been pushing to punish sanctuary cities that defy federal law enforcement demands for access to illegal criminals, called the letter a huge win.

So did groups pushing for the change. “It’s a big deal,” said Jessica M. Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies. “Now San Francisco, Chicago, NYC, DC and many others will have to choose between federal money and protecting criminal aliens.”

Most had never heard of sanctuary cities until an illegal, deported several times, fatally gunned down a tourist in San Francisco last year. The immigrant was released by the city despite a demand for him from federal authorities.

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