South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and state Republican lawmakers said that they are pushing to require cities and counties to prove they are working with federal immigration authorities in order to receive state funds. If any jurisdiction in the state passes or practices sanctuary city policies they could lose their state funding for three years.

Currently no jurisdiction in the state of South Carolina has claimed to be a sanctuary city.

“As far as I know there has been no city to make that announcement. What we are doing here is to make clear that such an announcement will not be accepted. We want the people of this state to know that law enforcement is doing its job in South Carolina,” Gov. McMaster said during the announcement.

This is similar to the DOJ policy of withholding the federal Byrne grants from jurisdictions who pass sanctuary policies. “Jurisdictions that adopt so-called ‘sanctuary policies’ also adopt the view that the protection of criminal aliens is more important than the protection of law-abiding citizens and of the rule of law,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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Updated: Mon, Nov 6th 2017 @ 3:00pm EST