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22 April 2017, 01:42 | Nina Hammond
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The Justice Department has sent a letter to Philadelphia, and six other cities, ordering them to verify that they're in compliance with immigration law or risk losing federal grant money.
De Leon has been an outspoken critic of the administration's immigration crackdown.
"We've gotten as much as $10 million a year in grants from the Department of Justice to help us combat the (serious) crime problem we have in New Orleans", Kennedy wrote in the letter.
"Failure to comply with this condition could result in the withholding of grant funds, suspension or termination of the grant, ineligibility for future [Justice Department] grants or subgrants, or other actions, as appropriate", Acting Assistant Attorney General Alan Hanson said in letters to the cities.
"Y$3 our jurisdiction is required to submit documentation to OJP that validates that your jurisdiction is in compliance with 8 U.S.C. 1373, which states that 'a Federal, State, or local government entity or official may not prohibit, or in anyway restrict, any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.'"
A City Hall spokesman called the threat "nothing new".
The Trump administration sent letters to nine jurisdictions in its conflict with sanctuary cities, communities that refuse to comply with federal immigration authorities.
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.
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. Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, the elected head of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, said the city and county were wrongly labeled sanctuary cities. It was reviewing the Justice Department's letter.
"Milwaukee County has its challenges but they are not caused by illegal immigration", he said in a statement.
"In fact, 2016 saw the fewest shootings ever in New York City history since record-keeping began", O'Neill said. The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office, for example, has a policy to decline all requests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to keep a suspected deportable immigrant in its custody long enough for immigration authorities to arrest the person unless that person is charged with certain violent crimes, according to the report.
A number of sanctuary cities have sued over the executive order.
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