Justice Department Gives "Sanctuary Cities" Final Warning on Immigrants

Postado Outubro 12, 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.

The U.S. Department of Justice, in separate letters to Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle penned Wednesday, highlights several active policies created to shield undocumented immigrants from being unduly targeted by law enforcement entities.

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. Eddie Johnson and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, dated October 11, comes as Attorney General Jeff Sessions is appealing a September order by a federal judge - in a case filed by the city of Chicago - blocking the Trump administration's efforts to keep fiscal year 2017 grant money from sanctuary cities.

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. Critics have dubbed such places "sanctuary cities".

"I urge all jurisdictions found to be out of compliance in this preliminary review to reconsider their policies that undermine the safety of their residents", he said.

Landry has repeatedly attacked Landrieu for "playing politics", attacking the mayor with campaign-style ads, tweets and statements charging that Landrieu was failing to adequately respond to violence in the city.

City officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment. County, Illinois; Chicago; New Orleans; New York; and Philadelphia were deemed out of compliance.

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The Justice Department says the cities are specifically violating the federal statute called 8 U.S.C. 1373.

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That law says local governments "may not prohibit, or in any way restrict" the delivery of information about "the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual" to federal immigration authorities. In the letter, the department did not specify what would happen if the city failed to do so. Proponents have argued that enlisting street-level police to enforce national immigration policy makes it harder for them to investigate and stop crimes, because undocumented immigrants won't cooperate if they think they will be deported.

City leaders have long maintained that fostering a good relationship between the police department and immigrant communities will help keep the city safer.