Justice Department Warns 4 Cities Over 'Sanctuary' Policies

Justice Department Warns 4 Cities Over 'Sanctuary' Policies

U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber last month granted Emanuel a nationwide preliminary injunction preventing the Justice Department from applying new rules to grant recipients requiring them to cooperate with immigration agents to get the money.

The United States Justice Department singled out four cities and a county on Thursday for allegedly having so-called "sanctuary policies" that may violate a federal law that says local governments can not limit information sharing with US immigration officials.

Some cities say they will only honor detainers accompanied by criminal warrants, and that compliance with the requests is voluntary and not required under the statute. NY banked $4.3 million from the program, the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant, in 2016.

The Justice Department has threatened to cut off federal funding to boost law enforcement in cities that do not comply with the Department of Homeland Security's efforts to identify and deport undocumented immigrants.

Kenney has been an ardent supporter of Philadelphia's "sanctuary city" policies.

"We are reviewing DOJ's response, and are prepared to fight to protect critical public safety funding", Seth Stein, a de Blasio spokesman, told Newsweek.

New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman (l.) and Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez make a plea to ICE to stop conducting raids in New York courthouses.

The Mayor of New Orleans Mitch Landrieu and the superintendent of the police department said the city was in "full compliance" with the statute but added that they would "not be the federal government's deportation force".

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".

The letter gives the city until October 27 to submit more documents proving they're in compliance before the feds make a final decision about the money. The DOJ says this restricts the sharing of information regarding undocumented immigrants.

The feds also take issue with a city executive order saying cops shouldn't inquire about New Yorkers' immigration status. Immigration is a federal matter.

And the Justice Department apparently rejected the city's earlier attempts to prove compliance.

Landrieu certified that the city was in full compliance in April, after a DOJ letter sent to officials in New Orleans, Sacramento, Chicago, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Miami, Milwaukee, and NY threatening penalties against any city operating as a "sanctuary city".