Sanctuary cities threatened with loss of federal grant money

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In the latest push to pressure sanctuary cities to comply with federal immigration enforcement, the Department of Justice sent letters to nine jurisdictions Friday threatening to withhold grant funding.

Other places sent a letter included California, which received $10.4 million, divvied up among 128 cities and counties; Chicago and its county, Cook, shared a $2.3 million grant; New Orleans, $265,832; Las Vegas' Clark County, $11,537; Miami-Dade County, $481,347; Milwaukee County, $937,932; and Philadelphia, $1.7 million. Cook County in IL and Miami-Dade County in Florida round out the list.

"New York City continues to see gang murder after gang murder, the predictable effect of the city's "soft on crime" stance", the agency claiming to lead the nation on law enforcement pronounced, hyping a letter sent to eight cities and counties and the state of California demanding proof they cooperate with information requests by the feds, on penalty of losing aid.

De Blasio and other top city officials also batted back against the "soft on crime" label in the Justice Department's statement.

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 leader of California's state Senate rejects a Justice Department letter that says to comply with federal immigration enforcement or risk losing grant money.

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.

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The department said Friday in a statement NY "continues to see gang murder after gang murder, the predictable effect of the city's "soft on crime" stance".

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.

President Donald Trump has vowed to strip federal funds from dozens of state and local governments that do not fully cooperate with USA immigration agents, arguing they endanger public safety when they decline to hand over for deportation illegal immigrants who are arrested for crimes.

"Their constant and systematic targeting of diverse cities and states goes beyond constitutional norms and will be challenged at every level", he said. 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.

Zach Butterworth, Mayor Mitch Landrieu's executive counsel and director of federal relations, said the city drafted its policies in consultation with federal immigration and Homeland Security officials.

It also took issue with a New Orleans Police Department policy that it said might hinder communication with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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