The Justice Department will step up enforcement of federal law against recreational marijuana, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Thursday, offering the Trump administration's strongest indication to date of a looming crackdown on the drug, even as a solid majority of Americans believe it should be legal.
"I do believe you'll see greater enforcement of it,'' Spicer said in response to a question during a news conference. But he offered no details about what such enforcement would entail.
Local US Officials Question Legality of ICE Holds
Over the years, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has issued immigration holds, also known as detainers, on individuals the agency has been seeking to deport.
But despite the latest guidance on immigration enforcement, the practice has sheriffs' departments skeptical about the legality of these requests.
Between Friday and Wednesday, Maricopa County, Arizona, released 33 undocumented immigrants from custody even though all had ICE detainers.
Top Aide Says Trump Taking Control of US Conservative Movement
President Donald Trump has taken a firm hold on the U.S. conservative political movement and is pushing it in his own direction, one of his top advisers said Thursday.
Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the largest annual gathering of American conservatives, Kellyanne Conway said Trump had tapped into something that swung conservatives behind him even though he hasn't always aligned with their beliefs.
"He went right to the grass roots and brought you along," she said.