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Department of Justice Steps Up Pressure on Sanctuary Cities

The U.S. Justice Department stepped up pressure on so-called sanctuary cities on Wednesday, demanding that 23 communities prove that they are abiding by federal laws regarding undocumented immigrants if they want to continue to receive grants to fight crime.The department is seeking documents showing cooperation with federation immigration agents from Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco, among other cities, several counties including Cook County in Illinois and Sacramento, San Francisco and Sonoma counties in California and the entire states of California, Illinois and Oregon. Acting ICE Director Wants Politicians in Sanctuary Cities Charged The department is asking for documentation that police and sheriff’s deputies are sharing information with federal immigration agents, specifically when asked for information about undocumented migrants in local jails.New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted his response: “I will NOT be attending today’s meeting at the White House after @realDonaldTrump’s Department of Justice decided to renew their racist assault on our immigrant communities. It doesn’t make us safer and it violates America’s core values.” Toys R Us to Close 182 Stores Nationwide President Donald Trump is hosting mayors from across the country at the White House on Wednesday. They are in Washington, D.C. for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.If the communities do not respond, the government would issue subpoenas ordering them to comply, a Justice Department official told NBC News. Ex-Olympic Doctor Gets Up to 175 Years in Prison for Abuse “I continue to urge all jurisdictions under review to reconsider policies that place the safety of their communities and their residents at risk,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said.The escalation was announced Wednesday morning on the Fox News’ show, “Fox and Friends,” by Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores.“We are sending them a document request and if they don’t answer that, we’re sending them a subpoena,” she said.”The 23 communities were notified earlier that the Justice Department thought they might not be cooperating. If they are found to be out of compliance, they will not be awarded new grants and might be required to return money they received earlier, according to the letters.The department has repeatedly threatened to deny millions of dollars in important grant money from communities that refuse to share such information with federal authorities, as part of the Trump administration’s promised crackdown on cities and states that refuse to help enforce U.S. immigration laws.Many cities have been openly defiant in the face of the threats, with lawsuits pending in Chicago, Philadelphia and California over whether the administration has overstepped its authority by seeking to withhold grant money.The Justice Department first warned local governments during the Obama administration that they must allow their law enforcement officers to give information to immigration authorities.–The Associated Press contributed to this article.Photo Credit: Getty Images
Source: NBC San Diego

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