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Department of Justice finds Clark County not a sanctuary community

Posted at 3:19 PM, Aug 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-04 18:22:52-04

The U.S. Department of Justice found that Clark County is not a sanctuary community.

The Department of Justice “found no evidence that Clark County is currently out of compliance with [United States Code} section 1373,” which states that a “federal, state, or local government entity or official may not prohibit, or in any way restrict, any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.” 

RELATED: AG Sessions to review Clark County's immigration policies

In April, Clark County received a letter from the Department of Justice asking for proof of compliance with immigration enforcement. The letter, which was sent to eight other jurisdictions, threatened to withhold a federal grant unless government agencies can prove they are not protecting undocumented immigrants.

Clark County stated after the letter released Friday, "We are hopeful that the $975,604 in public safety funding provided by the 2016 JAG grant we were awarded will be released soon."