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Justice Dept. gives 'last chance' for sanctuary cities to comply

12 Octobre 2017

The Department of Justice found New York City isn't complying with federal immigration laws and ordered the Big Apple to prove it's not a sanctuary city by October 27 or risk losing millions in federal grant dollars.

In a notice reviewed by Fox News, the DOJ announced that five jurisdictions "have preliminarily been found to have laws, policies, or practices that may violate" a key federal statute concerning cooperation with federal immigration officials.

A Justice Department review of New York City's laws and policies found at least four provisions appear to violate federal immigration laws, according to an October 11 letter obtained by The Post.

The Trump administration and other critics advocating an immigration crackdown - including Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry - have railed against so-called sanctuary cities, contending the policies make it harder for federal authorities to deport potentially unsafe criminals in the country illegally.

The department also wrote that the city's policy of not sharing the immigration status of victims of crime is also in violation of the law.

In addition, Philadelphia is suing over other new requirements for policing grants that Sessions imposed on cities in July, aimed at punishing sanctuary cities.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement that the cities still in the department's crosshairs "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".

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Spokesmen for CPD, Cook County and the mayor did not immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday morning.

Officials in New Orleans insisted Tuesday they will not bend in the face of threats from Pre... Additionally, the Justice Department said subsequent investigations found Miami-Dade County, Fla., and Clark County, Nev., where Las Vegas is located, were already in accordance with federal immigration law, though previously they had been listed otherwise.

Then, under President Barack Obama, the DOJ told city officials that in order to keep the policing grant, they would have to certify they were complying with a federal law that bars cities from restricting communication with Immigration and Customs Enforcement about the immigration status of people encountered by police or other municipal agencies.

Several U.S. cities and counties passed local laws or enacted procedures that prohibit law enforcement from notifying Homeland Security when an undocumented immigrant is identified or arrested.

The sanctuary jurisdictions say they are following the law and do not want to spend local resources on immigration enforcement. In the letter, the department did not specify what would happen if the city failed to do so.

"I'm not aware of any police department that releases violent criminals on the streets of America", Landrieu said at the time.

Justice Dept. gives 'last chance' for sanctuary cities to comply