Sanctuary cities threatened with loss of federal grant money

Sanctuary cities threatened with loss of federal grant money

On Friday, the Department of Justice sent a letter to authorities in Chicago, New York, New Orleans, California, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Milwaukee and Miami, saying they need to prove by the end of June that they are adhering to federal laws on immigration, or they face the risk of losing federal grants.

The letters Friday were the most overt measure the administration has taken to date to pull funding, though Trump's budget director, Mick Mulvaney, has also asked lawmakers to include language curtailing money for sanctuary cities in a must-pass budget bill.

The Los Angeles Democrat says the administration's targeting of diverse cities and states goes beyond constitutional norms and will continue to be challenged.

A New Orleans official says the city will provide the Justice Department with proof that it is complying with federal law and cooperating with immigration authorities. Cook County, Illinois, also received a warning, even though it did not get money from the Justice Department a year ago.

Emanuel, a White House chief of staff in the Obama administration, has beefed up the city's efforts to protect immigrants living in the country illegally, including establishing a legal fund with taxpayer money to help those facing deportation. "New York City continues to see gang murder after gang murder, the predictable effect of the city's "soft on crime" stance".

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has warned the administration will punish communities that won't cooperate with efforts to find and deport immigrants in the US illegally. money.

The DOJ sent the letters to the state of California, Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Clark County in Nevada, Miami-Dade County, Milwaukee, New York City, and Cook County in IL.

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But New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has argued that sanctuary status has made New York safer because undocumented witnesses are not afraid to come forward, wasn't having any of that.

And when Immigration and Customs Enforcement sends validated requests for information regarding the release of violent criminals from police custody or jail, New York City readily cooperates.

Justice Department records show New Orleans received almost $266,000 in grant money through the program in fiscal 2016. New Orleans has used Justice Department funding to pay for testing DNA kits, police body cameras, attorneys for domestic violence victims and other expenses.

The statement was part of an ongoing dispute between Republican President Donald Trump and cities including NY over immigration policy.

"We don't think there's a problem", he said.

"People are scared, and because of that, they're less willing to report crime", Butterworth added.

Lombardo says the Clark County jail assigns guards to notify ICE about risky immigrant criminals during booking. "My far greater concern is the proactive dissemination of misinformation, fear, and intolerance".

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