Sessions Gives Sanctuary Cities a Final Warning

Jeff Sessions gives ‘last chance’ warning to so-called ‘sanctuary cities

Jeff Sessions gives ‘last chance’ warning to so-called ‘sanctuary cities

Sessions, in a statement accompanying the warnings, said "jurisdictions that adopt so-called "sanctuary policies" also adopt the view that the protection of criminal aliens is more important than the protection of law-abiding citizens and of the rule of law".

Proponents of "sanctuary cities", like Kenney, say they create trust between police and immigrants, who otherwise might be afraid to report crimes. Sessions has said that federal grant money would be withheld from sanctuary jurisdictions.

The DOJ says Chicago, Philadelphia, New Orleans and New York City fit that description.

The United States Department of Justice has sent the City of New Orleans a "last chance warning" about its status as a sanctuary city.

The decision follows an April notification to New York City and eight other local governments asking them to prove they aren't giving official sanctuary to illegal immigrants.

The letter gives the city until October 27 to submit more documents proving they're in compliance before the feds make a final decision about the money.

Landrieu said the justice department failed to note that official NOPD policy does 'not prohibit, or in any way restrict, any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, [ICE] information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.

"As we have maintained for years, the Department of Justice has confirmed that we are in full compliance with 8 U.S.C. § 1373", Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. Of the seven, DOJ cleared Miami-Dade County, Fla., and Clark County, Nev., saying that there was "no evidence" they were out of compliance with Section 1373.

U.S. Senator John Kennedy today said he fears what will happen if the justice department does, in fact, withdraw federal funds here. Big-city mayors including New York's Bill de Blasio and Chicago's Rahm Emanuel have openly defied federal instructions to turn in undocumented immigrants.

A letter from the Justice Department released Thursday said officials believe NY is violating a law requiring cooperation on immigration enforcement. NY banked $4.3 million from the program, the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant, in 2016. The city's lawsuit is over whether the Justice Department has the power to withhold Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants from governments that don't cooperate with immigration agents in trying to identify and possibly deport people in the USA illegally.

The Byrne grants have become a high-profile battlefield between local governments and the Trump administration over the president's immigration policies.

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