Virginia Democrats Refuse to Work with ICE to Fight Gun Crime
'Sanctuary' officials won't cooperate with federal laws to share immigration information
Democrats in Virginia are refusing to cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials to combat gun crime in the "sanctuary" state, according to reports.
The Democratic state government refuses to work with federal laws requiring the state to share immigration information with the federal government.
The refusal to work with ICE is prompting the feds to withdraw hundreds of thousands of dollars from Virginia that could be used to fight gun crime.
Memos from the Department of Justice (DOJ) show that “two anti-gun-crime grants were transferred from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), which had previously administered the program, in Dec. 2018,” the Washington Free Beacon’s Stephen Gutowski reported Thursday.
“DCJS will not be able to comply with the requirements and the agency has formally declined the awards,” one memo said.
“The grants were awarded to the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) to serve as the fiscal agent for the 2018 Project Safe Neighborhood (PSN) awards for the Eastern and Western Districts of the state of Virginia.”
According to the Daily Wire, state officials refused to comply with federal requirements, so the federal government took back some of its funding.
As Gutowski reported, Virginia’s refusal to comply with federal requirements resulted in the state losing $665,673 in federal funding to reduce gun crimes.
“The grants are now administered through the non-profit Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police,” Gutowski reported.
A spokeswoman for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D), told the Beacon that federal dollars are still working to reduce gun crime in the state.
“These federal dollars continue to flow to communities to help local law enforcement, prevention, and reentry,” the spokeswoman wrote in an email to the outlet.
“This ongoing program is one way we work to reduce violent crime—the governor has made it clear he supports commonsense gun safety measures to fully address the emergency of gun violence in the Commonwealth.”
Republican Todd Gilbert, the Virginia House of Delegates majority leader, told the Beacon that Northam appears more concerned with illegal immigrants than protecting citizens.
“Attorney General [Mark] Herring and Governor Northam have said the loss of lives in Virginia to guns is an emergency, yet they’re willing to walk away from grant funding for a program that has been proven to work,” Gilbert told the outlet.
“They’re willing to put politics above saving lives. These programs work.
"They save lives, particularly those of young, African American men.”
As Gutowski reported, the funding was for the Project Safe Neighborhood program, which has reduced gun crimes and increased the prosecution of gun-related crimes.
“A 2009 National Institute of Justice study indicated cities involved in PSN saw a 4.1 percent decline in violent crime compared to a 0.9 percent decline for cities that did not participate,” Gutowski reported.
“A 2018 report issued by Virginia attorney general Mark Herring’s (D.) office found that the local programs funded by a previous PSN grant were successful at reducing both violent crime and gun crime in the city of Norfolk, where homicide fell 25 percent.”