Feds tell New Orleans it's not a sanctuary city, says mayor

Mike Pence and Jeff Sessions Wikimedia Commons

Mike Pence and Jeff Sessions Wikimedia Commons

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 Department of Justice said in a news release that Chicago, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia and Cook County, Illinois, "have preliminarily been found to have laws, policies or practices that may violate" federal immigration law, and gave the cities until October 27 to change their policies.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned Chicago and three other cities to get into compliance with federal laws or risk losing federal grants.

But leaders in cities that have under fire from the Trump administration have argued that turning police into immigration officers destroys trust between police and immigrant communities, making it less likely for people to report crimes or come forward with evidence.

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

"Jurisdictions that adopt so-called "sanctuary policies" also 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", Sessions said in a news release, adding that he urges, "all jurisdictions found to be out of compliance in this preliminary review to reconsider their policies that undermine the safety of their residents".

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.

Spokesmen for CPD, Cook County and the mayor did not immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday morning. The pair have threatened to cut off federal funding to the cities - which include Hartford and New Haven - but so far that hasn't happened.

Officials in New Orleans insisted Tuesday they will not bend in the face of threats from Pre...

State officials denied they had ever tried to impede federal immigration investigations by refusing to share information.

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 city's police department revised its policy a year ago to clarify that officers aren't barred from communicating with immigration officials and requires them to follow federal law.

At an event in August, Landrieu hit back at claims from the federal acting ICE director that some cities were releasing "serious criminal offenders". "Irrespective of immigration status, our police departments every day are out there aggressively making sure the streets of America are safe".

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