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Jeff Sessions’ proposed actions against sanctuary cities came with commentary on the Rockville rape case Twitter/@CNNPolitics
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A 14-year-old Maryland girl reported a rape in a Montgomery County high school bathroom. The case quickly became a topic of national discussion when it was discovered that of the two suspects — Henry Sanchez, 18, and Jose Montano, 17 — at least one is an illegal immigrant. Sanchez, who is originally from Guatemala, was stopped at the U.S. border in Texas and then released into the care of his father.

The case comes at the same time state politicians have voted to make Maryland state a sanctuary state — an action fervently opposed by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R).

On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions was asked to comment on this case after announcing actions against sanctuary cities.

“I would plead with the people of Maryland to understand that this makes the state more at risk for violence and crime,” Sessions said. He said that the policy was “not good.”

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Before the question, Sessions detailed plans to discourage sanctuary cities, including withholding federal funds:

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