Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., clashed with Attorney General Jeff Sessions over Chicago's homicide rate and threats from the Trump administration to pull criminal justice funding from the city because they continue to employ so-called "sanctuary city" policies.
Durbin set the table by noting the shooting attack earlier this month in Las Vegas which killed 59 people, but then noted, "So far this year 3,000 people have been injured by gunshot in the city of Chicago."
"If I've said it before and I'll say it again," Durbin continued, "undocumented immigrants are not driving violence in Chicago. That's why I want our officers focused on community policing and not trying to be immigration police."
"I am worried about the health and morale of the Chicago police department," Sessions responded.
"We would like to see that improved. I think the politicians cannot say that if you remove a violent criminal from America that's illegally in the country and is arrested by the Chicago police and put in the Chicago jail that once they are released they shouldn't be turned over to ICE officers to be removed from the country."
But Durbin accused Sessions of trying to have it both ways on the issue, saying, "You want to cut off federal funds and criticize the murder rate."
The back-and-forth between the two came during an oversight hearing of the Department of Justice by the Senate Judiciary Committee, the first of its kind since Sessions became the attorney general.