Sanctuary cities now must give immigration authorities access to jails and provide notice when undocumented immigrants are to be released

The justice department escalated its promised crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities on Tuesday, saying it will no longer award coveted grant money to cities unless they give federal immigration authorities access to jails and provide advance notice when someone in the country illegally is about to be released.

Under old rules, cities seeking grant money needed only to show they were not preventing local law enforcement from communicating with federal authorities about the immigration status of people they have detained.

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