Published: Mon, April 24, 2017
Medical | By Sammy Miller

Sanctuary cities threatened with loss of federal grant money

The Trump administration escalated its confrontation with sanctuary cities that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities, threatening them anew Friday with the loss of grant money if they do not remove certain barriers.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he believes lawful systems of immigration should be enforced and that the American people are exhausted of illegal immigration.

The department sent the city a letter warning it to comply with federal immigration enforcement of risk losing grant money.

Still, the DOJ had harsh words for California's Bay Area, after a recent raid there saw the arrest of several gang members. Each letter was signed by Alan R. Hanson, the acting director of the Office of Justice Programs, which administers the Byrne law enforcement grant program.

Many of these localities say they do not have the funding or space to hold immigrants until federal agents can take custody of them.

"Ideally the best place for us to pick up these illegal criminals is in jails and prisons", Kelly said at a news conference with Sessions in San Diego, next to a border fence topped with razor wire. We have to go into courthouses. "We will end the sanctuary cities that have resulted in so many needless deaths", the president said on the campaign trail in August.

Kevin de Leon, leader of California's state Senate, rejected the administration's demand, saying its policies are based on "principles of white supremacy" and not American values. "New York City continues to see gang murder after gang murder, the predictable outcome of the city's "soft on crime" stance".

"New York City continues to see gang murder after gang murder, the predictable effect of the city's "soft on crime" stance", the DOJ statement said before demanding that New York City and eight other sanctuary cities comply with federal policy or risk losing federal funding.

New York City Police Commissioner James O'Neill said the "soft on crime" statement made his blood boil.

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However, the court martial route provides for in-camera trial and absolves Pakistan of the requirement to provide consular access. India has warned that if Pakistan executes Jadhav, who was arrested in March 2016 , it would amount to "premeditated murder".

"We did not become the safest big city in America by being 'soft on crime.' I've never met a member of the NYPD who is soft on crime".

He said his police department, by far the nation's largest, locked up more than 1,000 people in 100 gang takedowns past year.

Because New York City does not ask, it can not tell.

The recipients of the letters were warned that as a condition of receiving 2016 grants, they must certify by June 30 that they are in compliance with the law.

The Department of Justice responded in a later news release that it was criticizing de Blasio's policies, not the officers of the New York Police Department.

The grants in question are among the largest handed out under the program, collectively amounting to 11 percent of the $256 million distributed in the last fiscal year. New Orleans has used Justice Department funding to pay for testing DNA kits, police body cameras, attorneys for domestic violence victims and other expenses.

Zach Butterworth says the city has no problem and drafted its policies in consultation with federal immigration and homeland security officials. As an example, the department pointed to the murder rate in Chicago, citing the rising rate at which murder incidents are occurring in the city.

Butterworth said the New Orleans Police Department has seen a 28 per cent drop in calls for service from people with limited English since November.

Sheriff Joe Lombardo said Friday that neither the city nor the county has any law directing Las Vegas police not to cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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