The Washington Times reports that letters were sent to each of the nine jurisdictions the Justice Department said had signed documents previous year, when they applied for Byrne Justice Assistance Grant money, saying they complied with a section of federal law that demands cooperation when immigration agents ask for it.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS)- Sanctuary cities are at risk of losing federal money if they fail to comply with federal immigration laws.
The Los Angeles Democrat says the administration's targeting of diverse cities and states goes beyond constitutional norms and will continue to be challenged.
The letters sent out to state and city officials mandated that they must certify that they are compliant with the law in question by June 30 as a condition for receiving the grants. So did the mayor's office in New York City, which received $4.3 million.
"Attorney General Sessions is supposed to be the leading law enforcement official in America", de Blasio said.
After Sessions' remarks, several municipal leaders vowed defiance; Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City said he would fight in court any attempt to strip funding from the city.
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The report pointed to a Milwaukee County rule that immigration detention requests be honoured only if the person has been convicted of one felony or two misdemeanours, has been charged with domestic violence or drunken driving, is a gang member, or is on a terrorist watch list, among other constraints.
The Department of Justice responded in a later news release that it was criticizing de Blasio's policies, not the officers of the New York Police Department.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Friday that "greater latitude to deny federal grants to sanctuary cities" was a priority for the administration in the budget bill, along with money for a border wall.
Zach Butterworth says the city has no problem and drafted its policies in consultation with federal immigration and homeland security officials. That city received almost $266,000 in grant money through the program in fiscal year 2016. "I think we feel confident that that will happen, that we will avoid a shutdown".
Butterworth said the New Orleans Police Department has seen a 28 per cent drop in calls for service from people with limited English since November.
Other places also insisted they were in compliance.
Sheriff Joe Lombardo said Friday that neither the city nor the county has any law directing Las Vegas police not to cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.