Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump Justice Department says Chicago violated immigration rules on earlier grant

Trump Justice Department says Chicago violated immigration rules on earlier grant

In a separate case filed by several cities and counties in California, the Justice Department in a June filing acknowledged that immigration detainer requests are voluntary, and that Sessions had not said that non-compliance with detainer requests would count as a breach of Section 1373.

The Justice Department on Thursday delivered a "last chance" warning to cities suspected of having "sanctuary" policies to drop their resistance to federal immigration officials. It determined Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, and CT to be in compliance. NY banked $4.3 million from the program, the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant, in 2016.

Federal and local officials have battled over sanctuary city protections not only as a matter of law, but one of finance: The Trump administration has threatened to deny uncooperative cities funding from Washington if they don't comply.

He has no legal authority to take away all funds, but DOJ has pursued a more narrow path, looking to strip the cities of certain law enforcement grants.

Kenney has been an ardent supporter of Philadelphia's "sanctuary city" policies.

New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman (l.) and Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez make a plea to ICE to stop conducting raids in New York courthouses.

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"Jurisdictions that adopt so-called "sanctuary policies" also adopt the view that the protection of criminal aliens is more important than the protection of law-abiding citizens and of the rule of law", Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.

Sessions in April sent letters to seven jurisdictions, asking them to show how they were compliance with the law and thus eligible to receive federal grants.

NY refuses requests by the feds, known as detainers, to hold undocumented immigrants arrested for most crimes and turn them over for possible deportation. U.S.C. 1373 - states that a federal, state or local government entity can not restrict any government entity from "sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual".

City solicitor Sozi Tulante responded that the city does share information, but that information doesn't include immigration status, because the city doesn't ask for it.

Sessions subsequently issued a memo that limited the categories of federal funding that would be in jeopardy to DOJ or Department of Homeland Security grants. "On its face, the Department has determined that this. appears to restrict Chicago police officers" ability to "assist' federal immigration officers by sharing information regarding immigration status with the federal officers".

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