Published: Sat, April 22, 2017
Life&Culture | By Ted Wilson

Justice Dept Threatens Sanctuary Cities in Immigration Fight

Justice Dept Threatens Sanctuary Cities in Immigration Fight

Mayor Mitch Landrieu was one of nine recipients of letters from the Justice Department asking to prove that they are cooperating with federal immigration authorities or risk losing law-enforcement grant money. "Their constant and systematic targeting of diverse cities and states goes beyond constitutional norms and will be challenged at every level".

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that threatening to crack down on sanctuary cities by stripping "federal grant money from the sanctuary states and cities that harbor illegal immigrants".

The Trump administration sent letters to nine jurisdictions in its conflict with sanctuary cities, communities that refuse to comply with federal immigration authorities.

The bitter back and forth came as DOJ officials are warned they'll withhold the money NY is entitled to from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program if city officials don't prove they're complying with the law.

State corrections officials issued a brief statement saying the Board of State and Community Corrections is reviewing the letter, and that it "complies" with the federal law referenced in the Justice Department letter.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has adopted a hard line on immigration, dating to his time in the U.S. Senate.

He rejected the Trump administration's statements linking crime and illegal immigration.

Justice Dept. Tells 9 Sanctuary Cities Grant Money at Risk
Justice Dept. warns sanctuary cities in immigration fight

The administration again hinted at a line, without evidence, between undocumented immigrants and Chicago's crime rate.

Many of these localities say they do not have the funding or space to hold illegal immigrants until federal agents can apprehend them.

The sanctuary cities were a reaction to Obama-era policies that enlisted local police in immigration enforcement.

"When people are afraid to report crimes or engage with law enforcement because of immigration status, the safety of our communities is placed at risk". That city received almost $266,000 in grant money through the program in fiscal year 2016, used to pay for testing DNA kits, police body cameras, attorneys for domestic violence victims and other expenses.

Butterworth said the New Orleans Police Department has seen a 28 percent drop in calls for service from people with limited English since November.

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

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele said that city is hardly succumbing to violence. The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office, for example, has a policy to decline all requests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to keep a suspected deportable immigrant in its custody long enough for immigration authorities to arrest the person unless that person is charged with certain violent crimes, according to the report.

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