DOJ: 4 Cities May Have Sanctuary City Violations

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In the ongoing battle against sanctuary cities, the Justice Department on Thursday said it is giving Chicago and Cook County more time - until October 27 - to comply with Trump administration immigration enforcement policies before yanking federal crime fighting grants.

A letter from the Justice Department released Thursday said officials believe NY is violating a law requiring cooperation on immigration enforcement.

New Orleans and the other cities have until Oct. 27 to prove compliance, the department said Thursday (Oct. 12).

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The feds are giving what they call a "last chance" warning to NY that the city's immigrant-friendly policies may cost it federal grants.

"While I firmly believe the city complies with federal laws, the city's position for some time has been that the Attorney General has overstepped his authority in even requiring us to comply with 8 U.S.C Section 1373 as a condition of a grant that has nothing to do with immigration enforcement", said Kenney during the press conference. Critics have dubbed such places "sanctuary cities".

NOPD policies "may" violate the statute, according to the Justice Department, "depending on how your jurisdiction interprets and applies them". Emanuel, though, blasted Trump on immigration Thursday, saying the president's administration is "morally wrong, policy-wise wrong and their set of priorities will lead you in the wrong direction".

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a written statement that sanctuary cities "adopt the view that the protection of criminal aliens is more important than the protection of law-abiding citizens and of the rule of law". "We urge jurisdictions to not only comply with Section 1373 but to establish sensible and effective partnerships to properly process criminal aliens".

Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other city officials said NOPD policies, which the Justice Department itself helped craft, already comply with federal law and that, "the NOPD will not be the federal government's deportation force".

The mayor added: "We will build relationships between the NOPD and all community members".

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Several jurisdictions have filed suit against the federal government arguing such orders violate the 10th Amendment by compelling states to enforce federal immigration laws. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry also has pounced on New Orleans over the issue in the wake of Trump's immigration policies. In the letter, the department did not specify what would happen if the city failed to do so. The DOJ letter suggests New Orleans' failure to meet its measure of compliance could put the city at risk for losing federal grant funding. The City of New Orleans will not be side-tracked by caustic, political rhetoric that seeks to make us fearful of others and scapegoat immigrants.