Published: Sat, April 22, 2017
Culture | By Kelly Harrison

Justice Department Warns 'Sanctuary Cities,' With Grant Money At Risk

Justice Department Warns 'Sanctuary Cities,' With Grant Money At Risk

Hanson oversees the administration of the department's Byrne Law Enforcement Grant Program, which channels money to local jurisdictions.

He rejected the Trump administration's statements linking crime and illegal immigration.

"It has become abundantly clear that Attorney General Sessions and the Trump administration are basing their law enforcement policies on principles of white supremacy - not American values", he said.

In a statement accompanying the letters to sanctuary cities, the Justice Department said "many of these jurisdictions are also crumbling under the weight of illegal immigration and violent crime".

The Justice Department is threatening to cut off NY from a grant program named after an NYPD officer slain while protecting an immigrant because of New York's "sanctuary city" status - and knocking the city for being "soft on crime".

The Los Angeles Democrat says the administration's targeting of diverse cities and states goes beyond constitutional norms and will continue to be challenged.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu's executive counsel and director of federal relations said the city reviewed a letter Friday from the Justice Department. That means it will hold people for an extra 48 hours, long enough to be arrested by immigration authorities.

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Federal courts have ruled that the federal government can only cut funding to sanctuary cities if programs are directly related to immigration, including a Supreme Court ruling that funding can only be withheld if it is relevant "to the federal interest in the project".

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele said that city is hardly succumbing to violence. The letter warned that federal grant money could be withheld if the city can't document cooperation.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has warned the administration will punish communities that won't cooperate with efforts to find and deport immigrants in the USA illegally. money.

Donald Trump's Justice Department on Friday ratcheted up the pressure on Chicago and other so-called sanctuary cities.

The jurisdictions included New York City, Chicago and the surrounding Cook County, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Milwaukee, Miami-Dade County in Florida and the state of California, which were all identified in a May 2016 Justice Department inspector general report as in violation.

Federal statute 8 USC § 1373 prohibits local and state governments from enacting policies that limit such communication with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Border Protection. That city received almost $266,000 in grant money through the program in fiscal year 2016, used to pay for testing DNA kits, police body cameras, attorneys for domestic violence victims and other expenses.

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