Janet Napolitano: ‘No law’ says sanctuary cities have to cooperate with the feds

Janet Napolitano, former homeland security secretary for President Barack Obama, said Thursday that there is “no law” requiring local police forces in so-called sanctuary cities to cooperate with federal authorities when it comes to deporting illegal immigrants.

“Won’t you be breaking the law if you don’t cooperate with federal authorities?” CNN host Carol Costello asked Napolitano, who now serves as president of the University of California and has vowed not to cooperate with any law enforcement agencies to investigate students who may be in the U.S. illegally.

The former secretary responded, “No, there’s no law that says you must cooperate with federal authorities. And, indeed, it is done consensually between law enforcement departments.”

“Many, many, many law enforcement departments around the country are now saying, ‘Look, we are not here to be [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement] agents; we are here to focus on, in our case, safety on our campuses and to be adjunct immigration officers would be contrary to that primary mission.”

But that brought Costello back to Napolitano’s previous comment — that it’s OK for the UC campus and other law enforcement bodies to just pick and choose what laws they obey. “So, if I don’t cooperate with federal authorities, that’s OK?” the CNN anchor asked, clearly bewildered.

28 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Richard Bagenstose says:

    by law states are required to balance their budgets, that doesn’t mean the fed has the right to give them tax payer money to do it, you get rid of the tax dollars and states will get rid of the sanctuary cities , or go bankrupt

  • Gene says:

    In addition to the wall with Mexico, puy one around the sanctuary cities and let them deal with the problem without endangering the rest of the country

  • Robert Early says:

    How about 30 Caliber law, Napolitano. That’s what you and other crazy leftists are pushes us to.

  • Frank says:

    What a bunch of crap this person is spreading typical Demo in power spreading their crap around issues that kill innocent people to try to further the Democrat population, these people should these kind of illegal fools DO NOT VOTE they only cause DEATH and DESTRUCTION. Democrats are just hung up on getting illegal votes at any cost WISE UP DEMOCRAT VOTERS….

  • CBUJAN says:

    Janet is Un-American sticking up for people who have broken our laws.

  • gvette says:

    A happy thought might be, one of them cutting her head off. She doesn’t use it anyway!

  • justinwachin says:

    Hey Janet, your campus will be much safer if criminals are caught long before they get to your school’s property line.

    Let’s remember during this woman’s time in the Obama administration her underlings prepared a report classifying conservatives and Christians as likely terrorists. She is part of the rot we voted against in 2010, 2014, and 2016.

    If there is no law requiring local law enforcement officials to enforce federal laws maybe its time for Congress to make one. At the least, every school or local government that receives federal funds should be forced to agree to enforce federal laws in order to receive any money.

  • Jose says:

    The law may not say you have to cooperate but you are breaking the law. It is called “harboring an illegal alien”.

  • teaman says:

    Now she can talk to Satan about this!!

  • Mark Heath says:

    There are laws about giving aid to illegals. You may not have to help the feds but then you will also be obstructing justice. Napolitano needs a little jail time herself.

  • mudguy1 says:

    Janet Napolitano needs to be arrested for aiding and abetting crimnales.

  • Snowman45 says:

    It will be fun to watch as these “sanctuary cities” try to continue their current levels of service without any Federal funding for some of their programs. Further, as I understand it, the Federal government can demand repayment of monies given to these entities from the time they refused to cooperate with Federal law. This does not mean conscripting local law enforcement agencies do the job of Federal immigration authorities, it simply means that the city, county or state can not interfere with Federal efforts. Additionally, Trump is focused on dangerous criminal illegal aliens, but the liberal lie better suits their purpose.

  • Bogart1950 says:

    How about the LAW, Passed in 1954, BANNING all Muslims from USA?.. shouldn`t obay that one either?

  • Tiger says:

    They have misused and misinterpreted and jumped over and around every law in our country they don’t like that doesn’t suit their agenda. They are no longer in charge. Our Law and Order coming back into play and when it kicks these parasites in the ass they will have a wake-up call. That goes for when the illegals and the anchor babies realize that our immigration laws along with the 14th amendment don’t include them. There are laws on the books that give Trump the right to do every single thing he says he will do and as president he doesn’t even have to confer with Congress to enforce them.

    Especially when it comes to Muslims.


  • Larry J. Overfield says:

    Let’s see, there is the Law of the land, the Constitution. Read Article 1, Section 8. Article 4, Article 6, and Amendment 14. This amendment was written to make freed slaves and their progenies citizens; this was not written for those who are in this country illegally and give birth.

  • gerald Hughes says:

    Trump will have several more important things to do when he takes office.
    First he has to get a special prosecutor appointed for the Clinton oulaw.
    Then he has to repeal the insurance rape.
    Then he has to star building the wall at the southern border.
    After that he will pass law that makes it a federal felony to aid or abet a criminal alien carrying a mandatory 4year sentence without possibility of parole.
    After removing all funding for sanctuary cities and arresting and locking up several thousand liberals for violation of the law and taking their voting rights as convicted felons, we will see how many of them have the testicles to keep doing it.
    With a little luck we can lock all of them up in open air prisons in S California.

  • used_to_be_a_liberal says:

    Is this woman insane? Of course she is, she is a left-wit. There might not be one specific law, but there are plenty of other laws, a few that could land people like her, mayors included, right into a jail cell. Go ahead, don’t co-operate, go ahead, aide and abet, go ahead obstruct.

    1. Mark Heath says:

      I think gigantic fines would be even better than jail. both would be best. These people make millions a year. Time to lighten their load. They can help to build the wall.

      1. used_to_be_a_liberal says:


  • Smitch says:

    Just Stop the Federal Funding until they become compliant!

    1. CharlieSeattle says:

      …cut off funding??

      Harboring illegal aliens is illegal! Arrest the Mayors and all involved!

      8 U.S. Code § 1324 – Bringing in and harboring certain aliens


      (a) Criminal penalties
      (A) Any person who—
      (i) knowing that a person is an alien, brings to or attempts to bring to the United States in any manner whatsoever such person at a place other than a designated port of entry or place other than as designated by the Commissioner, regardless of whether such alien has received prior official authorization to come to, enter, or reside in the United States and regardless of any future official action which may be taken with respect to such alien;

      (ii) knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, transports, or moves or attempts to transport or move such alien within the United States by means of transportation or otherwise, in furtherance of such violation of law;

      (iii) knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, conceals, harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation;

      (iv) encourages or induces an alien to come to, enter, or reside in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such coming to, entry, or residence is or will be in violation of law; or
      (I) engages in any conspiracy to commit any of the preceding acts, or
      (II) aids or abets the commission of any of the preceding acts, shall be punished as provided in subparagraph (B).

      (B) A person who violates subparagraph (A) shall, for each alien in respect to whom such a violation occurs—

      (i) in the case of a violation of subparagraph (A)(i) or (v)(I) or in the case of a violation of subparagraph (A)(ii), (iii), or (iv) in which the offense was done for the purpose of commercial advantage or private financial gain, be fined under title 18, imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both;
      (ii) in the case of a violation of subparagraph (A)(ii), (iii), (iv), or (v)(II), be fined under title 18, imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both;
      (iii) in the case of a violation of subparagraph (A)(i), (ii), (iii), (iv), or (v) during and in relation to which the person causes serious bodily injury (as defined in section 1365 of title 18) to, or places in jeopardy the life of, any person, be fined under title 18, imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both; and
      (iv) in the case of a violation of subparagraph (A)(i), (ii), (iii), (iv), or (v) resulting in the death of any person, be punished by death or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, fined under title 18, or both.

      1. Smitch says:

        I was being nice, trial prison and a good ol fashioned beating is what I really support!

        1. CharlieSeattle says:

          …imprisoned with a sick bubba cell mate is what I prefer to give them.

  • joleenworden says:

    Well what do you expect her to say when Obama said it was OK for Illegals to go vote on election day, and even claimed that voting made them citizens? The Democrats think they can ignore the Constitution and break any law they do not like. Of course college and city officials must obey the Immigration Law which explicitly states that it is a felony to harbor Illegals or hide them from ICE. Despite this nitwit’s comments, most Police would like to help with deportation to stop crime. When Trump takes office enforcement will begin.

  • itsfun says:

    What law says we taxpayers have to send federal funds to sanctuary cities?

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    2. CharlieSeattle says:

      The 2015 Omnibus spending bill did. Ryan and the e/GOP leadership worked hard to give Obama everything he wanted.

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