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Steven T. Marshall
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 June 16, 2017

ALABAMA ATTORNEY GENERAL STEVE MARSHALL JOINS 10-STATE COALITION SUPPORTING TRUMP ADMINISTRATION EFFORT TO BLOCK SANCTUARY CITIES

(MONTGOMERY) – Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall joined a 10-state coalition defending President Trump’s executive order that directed the federal government to ensure compliance with laws prohibiting sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants.

“Sanctuary cities, jurisdictions that prohibit or impede the enforcement of federal immigration laws, not only defy the rule of law but also hinder the ability of law enforcement to effectively protect the public,” said Attorney General Marshall.  “Such cities also pose harm to other areas by providing a refuge for criminal illegal aliens who commit crimes out of state.  I support President Trump’s executive order to ensure that sanctuary cities obey the law.”

The Trump administration’s executive order directs the U.S. Attorney General and the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to ensure that sanctuary cities, to the extent permitted by law, may not receive grant dollars from specific federal programs. The order encourages states to comply with existing federal law that promotes voluntary cooperation between federal and state officials.

The multi-state amicus brief supports the federal government’s motion to dismiss three lawsuits. The coalition argues the lawsuits are premature and undermine the President’s immigration enforcement authority, an area where the Constitution gives him and Congress considerable power.

Alabama joined Arkansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia in filing the amicus brief Friday.

A copy of the 19-page brief is attached to this release.

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