Justice Department Asks California, Other 'Sanctuary Cities' for Proof of Immigration Enforcement

The Trump administration has sent letters to officials of places that the Justice Department's inspector general listed as providing limited information to federal immigration authorities, particularly on local law enforcement and custody records.

Other places also insisted they were in compliance.

Emanuel, a White House chief of staff in the Obama administration, has beefed up the city's efforts to protect immigrants living in the country illegally, including establishing a legal fund with taxpayer money to help those facing deportation.

The Trump administration intensified its threats to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to comply with federal immigration authorities, sending letters Friday to nine jurisdictions warning it would withhold coveted law enforcement grant money unless they document cooperation.

If the DOJ determines that Clark County is not in compliance with federal immigration laws, the county could lose its Justice Assistance Grant.

Sessions said earlier this week that sanctuary cities undermine efforts to fight violent gangs.

"Milwaukee County has its challenges but they are not caused by illegal immigration", he said in a statement.

The gist? Cities are overreacting-only federal grants administered by DOJ and DHS are threatened, and "appropriate enforcement action", which sounds like a menacing, expansive clause, simply meant civil litigation.

The Justice Department's release this afternoon stating that New York City is somehow "soft on crime" and continues to see "gang murder after gang murder", demonstrates a willful disregard for the facts.

The big difference, of course, is that while Trump's travel order took effect immediately, the sanctuary city order has yet to concretely impact cities like San Francisco and Richmond, except in budget planning.

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

According to the release, nine jurisdictions across the country - including Milwaukee County - must provide proof they are not withholding information from immigration officials about undocumented immigrants.

Police Commissioner James O'Neill, who appeared with de Blasio at police headquarters, said the "soft on crime" statement made his blood boil.

In a press release announcing that the letters were sent, the Department of Justice chose to single New York City out for what it deemed the city's "soft on crime" policies.

Justice Department records show New Orleans received almost $266,000 in grant money through the program in fiscal 2016.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions (right) speaks as Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly listens after the pair toured the ports of entry and met with Department of Justice and DHS personnel in El Paso, Tex., on Thursday.

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

In the Facebook post, Clark County went on to say, "as a body, it has never expressed support for any movement that promotes the violation of any federal statute or regulation that provides federal agencies authority in the field of immigration law enforcement".

"As with all federal grants we receive, we take very seriously compliance with all relevant laws".

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