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Trump Justice Department says Chicago violated immigration rules on earlier grant

Trump Justice Department says Chicago violated immigration rules on earlier grant

The Justice Department on Thursday delivered a "last chance" warning to cities suspected of having "sanctuary" policies to drop their resistance to federal immigration officials.

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

They are: Chicago, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia and Cook County, Ill.

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

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.

The letter is the latest salvo in a protracted battle between the Trump administration, with its hardline immigration policies, and city officials, who have insisted their sanctuary policies on undocumented immigrants make the city safer and do not break the law. Critics have dubbed such places "sanctuary cities".

The NOPD revised its policy a year ago to clarify that officers aren't barred from communicating with immigration officials and to require them to follow federal law.

Critics have also pointed out local compliance with 1373 can lead to jail overcrowding.

Since the inauguration and throughout the year, the City of Chicago has been at odds with the Trump Administration. "We urge jurisdictions to not only comply with Section 1373 but to establish sensible and effective partnerships to properly process criminal aliens".

In a statement Thursday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the DOJ confirmed the city's compliance.

"We will build relationships between the NOPD and all community members", Landrieu wrote. "On its face, the Department has determined that this. appears to restrict Chicago police officers" ability to "assist' federal immigration officers by sharing information regarding immigration status with the federal officers". "Unfortunately, the Mayor has ignored my many warnings and continued to risk the safety, security, and funding of our State's citizens". Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry also has pounced on New Orleans over the issue in the wake of Trump's immigration policies.

The Trump administration's threats to yank federal grant funding for local jurisdictions they deem "sanctuary cities" have also triggered several lawsuits from targeted cities. In the letter, the department did not specify what would happen if the city failed to do so. When the Justice Department included New Orleans on a preliminary list of alleged "sanctuary cities" in April, the city's leaders accused federal leaders of not "doing their homework".

Attorney General Jeff Sessions argued it was wrong to apply an order nationally in a case brought by Chicago and that it should only apply to that city.


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