Sanctuary cities threatened with loss of federal grant money

The statement was part of an ongoing dispute between Republican President Donald Trump and cities including NY over immigration policy, with the Trump administration threatening to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to comply with federal immigration authorities. In a separate statement, the department also accused New York City of being "soft on crime".

"Sanctuary cities" in general offer safe harbor to illegal immigrants and often do not use municipal funds or resources to advance the enforcement of federal immigration laws.

De Blasio and other top city officials also batted back against the "soft on crime" label in the Justice Department's statement. The Justice Department is forcing nine communities to prove they are complying with an immigration law to continue receiving coveted law enforcement grant money. However, local leaders say they will go against it even if that means losing federal funding.

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon says the Trump administration is basing its policies on "principles of white supremacy" and not American values.

"Milwaukee County has its challenges but they are not caused by illegal immigration". New York City Police Commissioner James O'Neill tweeted that even though it has grown by a million people, New York City has one-fifth the crime of 1990.

In a message on immigration compliance, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said New York City isn't doing enough to stop crime. "It is an outrageous statement and absurd on its face, and ignores a quarter century of progress in this city in bringing down crime", de Blasio said, adding that the city just marked its safest three months in history.


Zach Butterworth, Mayor Mitch Landrieu's executive counsel and director of federal relations, said the city drafted its policies in consultation with federal immigration and Homeland Security officials.

The Trump administration has sent letters to officials of places that the Justice Department's inspector general listed as providing limited information to federal immigration authorities, particularly on local law enforcement and custody records.

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. That city received almost $266,000 in grant money through the program in fiscal year 2016.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions grasps at a slim straw by demanding proof that NY and the other cities are abiding by a federal law that demands the free exchange of information on individuals' immigration status.

The statement was part of an ongoing dispute between Republican President Donald Trump and cities including NY over immigration policy. "My far greater concern is the proactive dissemination of misinformation, fear, and intolerance".

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