DOJ: Philly's sanctuary city policies violate federal law

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New Orleans is once again being asked to prove that it is complying with federal immigration law, after it was included on a list with four other so-called "sanctuary cities" that the Trump administration say have failed to meet those requirements, according to a press-release issued by the Department of Justice.

A letter from the Justice Department released Thursday said officials believe NY is violating a law requiring cooperation on immigration enforcement.

In April, under President Trump, the department sent a letter to nine cities, including Philadelphia, New York, and Chicago, reminding them they had until the end of June to certify their compliance.

The city has said its policies are legal, and vowed to sue if money is actually taken away. "As we have maintained for years, the Department of Justice has confirmed that we are in full compliance with [the policy]", Landrieu said in a statement. "The federal government has the job of enforcing immigration laws, we do not".

Both the city and the county have identical ordinances on the books preventing local law enforcement from "expend (ing) their time responding to (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) inquiries or communicating with ICE regarding" individuals' incarceration status or release dates while on duty. Critics have dubbed such places "sanctuary cities".

The Justice Department has threatened to cut off federal dollars to New York City if it doesn't change its policies.

Other policies highlighted in the letters keep CPD officers and Cook County Sheriff's deputies from assisting in investigations into residents' immigration status, or from requesting information about their immigration status unless required by law.

Critics have also pointed out local compliance with 1373 can lead to jail overcrowding.

Eddie Johnson and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, along with a handful of other so-called sanctuary cities around the country, come as Mayor Rahm Emanuel continues a federal court fight with Attorney General Jeff Sessions. "We urge jurisdictions to not only comply with Section 1373 but to establish sensible and effective partnerships to properly process criminal aliens". "The NOPD will continue to focus on the arrest and conviction of violent criminals, regardless of their immigration status".

DOJ says this appears to violate the federal law's provision that local governments may not restrict the sharing of information with federal authorities about immigration or citizenship status. Landry said Landrieu's "blatant disregard for the law would have serious consequences". Because Sessions is the best person to implement Trump's immigration policy, which was a lynchpin of his campaign. "Unfortunately, the Mayor has ignored my many warnings and continued to risk the safety, security, and funding of our State's citizens". The assessment is its latest effort to force "sanctuary cities" to comply with federal immigration orders.

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