U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., called on the Department of Justice to rescind federal law enforcement grants to the state of California if the state’s attorney general, Xavier Becerra, follows through on a threat to prosecute employers for helping federal immigration authorities detain illegal immigrants.

“Sanctuary policies weaken public safety and our national security,” Wicker said. “The state of California needs to follow the law of the land, and that includes federal immigration statutes. Further, individuals should have the right to cooperate with federal officials without fear of reprisal or intimidation from state government officials. I urge the Justice Department to rescind and withhold all federal law enforcement grants for that state if Mr. Becerra makes good on his threat.”