Virginia rejects federal funds to fight gun crime because it means cooperating with ICE

Virginia rejects federal funds to fight gun crime because it means cooperating with ICE
Ralph Northam, then and now.

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Virginia turned down hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal money used to combat gun crime in 2018, rather than comply with federal immigration authorities, according to documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

A series of Department of Justice memos 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 memos say the transfer was necessary after state officials refused to certify that Virginia would comply with federal requirements to share immigration information with federal law enforcement.

“DCJS will not be able to comply with the requirements and the agency has formally declined the awards,” a DOJ official said in one memo.

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