Mayor responds to DOJ letter on federal immigration laws


A Justice Department review of New York City's laws and policies found at least four provisions appear to violate federal immigration laws, according to an October 11 letter obtained by The Post.

As he has repeated following similar threats, Landrieu says NOPD's policy - which followed extensive review with ICE under the federal consent decree - is in "full compliance" with the feds and has argued that the threats made by the Trump administration against the city are unfounded and politically motivated.

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. 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".

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

"Chicago will not be blackmailed into changing our values, and we are and will remain a welcoming city", Mayor Rahm Emanuel said at a press conference announcing that suit. The rules would require recipients to cooperate with immigration agents.

New Orleans and the other cities have until Oct. 27 to prove compliance, the department said Thursday (Oct. 12). Because Sessions is the best person to implement Trump's immigration policy, which was a lynchpin of his campaign. Landry said Landrieu's "blatant disregard for the law would have serious consequences".

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The Justice Department review brought better news for others. In the letter, the department did not specify what would happen if the city failed to do so.

Wednesday's letter demanded that the city certify that police officers aren't prohibited from contacting federal immigration authorities to ask about an individual's immigration status.

At an event in August, Landrieu hit back at claims from the federal acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement director that some cities were releasing "serious criminal offenders".

"I'm not aware of any police department that releases violent criminals on the streets of America", Landrieu said at the time.

U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber's ruling comes a month after he imposed a preliminary injunction blocking the administration from tying the grants to two new conditions, including that cities give immigration agents easy access to local jails.

"New York City has hit on the right approach to make this the safest big city in the country: welcome immigrant communities to build trust and cooperation with local law enforcement", De Blasio has said. Several agencies and local governments in California had sued over the order.