Justice Department Gives "Sanctuary Cities" Final Warning on Immigrants

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The U.S. Department of Justice, in separate letters to Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle penned Wednesday, highlights several active policies created to shield undocumented immigrants from being unduly targeted by law enforcement entities.

The Justice Department says the cities are specifically violating the federal statute called 8 U.S.C. 1373.

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has maintained CT is in compliance with all federal immigration law, but he has reminded state and local police that they have no obligation to act as enforcers of immigration law, which is a federal matter. Because Sessions is the best person to implement Trump's immigration policy, which was a lynchpin of his campaign.

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.

City leaders have long maintained that fostering a good relationship between the police department and immigrant communities will help keep the city safer.

"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 to The Post.

"I commend the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office and the State of CT on their commitment to complying with Section 1373", Sessions said, "I urge all jurisdictions found to be out of compliance in this preliminary review to reconsider their policies that undermine the safety of their residents".

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Landry, in a press release Thursday, declared himself "the State's most aggressive critic of sanctuary cities" and said he'd repeatedly warned Landrieu over the policies.

Spokesmen for CPD, Cook County and the mayor did not immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday morning.

The cities cited by the Justice Department were New York, Chicago and surrounding Cook County, Ill., New Orleans and Philadelphia.

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The Trump administration in April named New Orleans in a list of cities it had concerns about in regards to immigration law.

The U.S. Department of Justice says it's giving local officials a "last chance" to drop so-called "sanctuary city" policies and get into compliance with federal lawor risklosing grant money moving forward. In the letter, the department did not specify what would happen if the city failed to do so. It's not DOJ policy to track the immigration status of crime victims, but some victims, they argued, are also perpetrators of crime and should have their immigration status shared with the federal government.

The policies violate a federal immigration statute that prohibits municipalities from restricting communications between government agencies and federal immigration authorities who seek the immigration status of an individual, according to the DOJ.

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