Justice Department demands documents from sanctuary cities

Mayor Daniel Rivera of Lawrence said the Justice Department’s letter came as a surprise because the city had not given the them any reason to think the city was hiding anything

Mayor Daniel Rivera of Lawrence said the Justice Department’s letter came as a surprise because the city had not given the them any reason to think the city was hiding anything

Lawrence is among 23 jurisdictions including Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles and the states of Illinois, Oregon and California that received a letter from the U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday calling on them to prove they're cooperating with immigration authorities.

In the Chicago case, a federal judge issued a nationwide injunction, which the administration is appealing, barring the Justice Department from withholding this grant money, which is typically used to help local police improve crime-fighting techniques, buy equipment and assist crime victims.

For example, federal immigration authorities are prohibited from entering Chicago's Cook County Jail due to sanctuary policies. Now that we've gotten that out of the way, the prevailing question is how the feds will, if they will at all, punish sanctuary cities, and which side - Denver or Trump - has better legal grounding when it comes to Denver's non-cooperation with federal immigration enforcement.

"I can't ever recall a situation where someone who professes to want to work with other people punches them in the face first and then says now I'd like to talk to you", Landrieu said.

"I will NOT be attending today's meeting at the White House after @realDonaldTrump's Department of Justice chose to renew their racist assault on our immigrant communities, " de Blasio wrote, adding that the move "doesn't make us safer and it violates America's core values".

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said that sanctuary policies jeopardize the safety of Americans. "It is unsafe for a White House - for any White House - to threaten duly elected leaders who are following the law and following the United States constitution with arrest is unconscionable", Wheeler said. The DOJ threatened to subpoena records for those who didn't comply, as well as cut certain grant funding for criminal justice programs, which totaled $39 million in 2016. The letters are part of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' promised crackdown on sanctuary cities. "The federal courts have repeatedly rejected their attempts to force governments to participate in the enforcement of immigration law. You know that", said President Trump.

Together with other mayors in Washington, Shaaf said she has boycotted a meeting with President Trump in the White House Wednesday afternoon.

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After the meeting, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that Trump wanted to find common ground with the mayors but that the administration would not let city officials pick and choose which federal laws to follow.

The Justice Department a year ago threatened to withhold the public safety grants if sanctuary cities failed to adequately share information with ICE, prompting legal battles in Chicago, San Francisco and Philadelphia.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, who was in Washington, D.C., for the U.S. Conference of Mayors, blasted the letter as demonstration that "this administration lacks a moral compass". The Justice Department said all the places were previously warned that they needed to provide information about their policies to be eligible to receive grants that pay for everything from bulletproof vests to officer overtime.

Revisions to the grant's compliance measures require recipients to communicate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, allow agents to meet with individuals suspected of being in the country without proper documentation and to give 48 hours' notice of any release. "Shielding criminal outsiders from government migration experts opposes sound judgment and undermines the control of law".

San Francisco's new interim Mayor Mike Farrell also responded to the letter.

"We certainly won't entertain having our uniformed police officer serve as immigration agents", he said.

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