City leaders defy White House threat on "sanctuary" policies

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday took aim at sanctuary cities, saying such communities must end and that his Department of Justice would deprive them of federal grants-a move that prompted the NY attorney general to vow his continued resolution in resisting the Trump administration's "draconian policies".

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday cities that refuse to cooperate with immigration authorities are jeopardizing the safety of the country, warning that federal funding is on the line.

The fight over so-called sanctuary cities is flaring up again, pitting the Trump administration against places like NY that have passed measures limiting cooperation with federal agencies over undocumented immigrants.

An immigration enforcement activist is praising Attorney General Jeff Sessions for putting so-called "sanctuary cities" on notice.

Trump signed an executive order on January 25 seeking to crackdown on sanctuary cities.

If these cities don't start complying, Sessions said the Justice Department is prepared to withhold portions of the more than $4.1 billion in grant money it's slated to dole out to local governments this fiscal year.

According to the attorney general, any American city refusing to comply with federal immigration laws risk losing all grants received through the U.S. Office of Justice.

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"I hope the American people and their constituents in their own cities will communicate with [sanctuary city leaders], and as we continue a dialogue and a discussion, and as we continue to ensure that monies that go for law enforcement only go to cities who are participating in an effective, collegial, cooperative way with the federal government, that that would also send a message", Sessions said. That policy said municipalities would miss out on federal grant money for lack of compliance with a federal law that says state and local governments may not prohibit workers from sharing information about a person's immigration status with federal immigration officials.

State Senator Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, also took to Twitter, vowing the state would fight the Trump administration's immigration policies.

MA communities are reacting to new pressure from the Trump administration on so-called "sanctuary cities" - jurisdictions that refuse to detain people exclusively based on their immigration status. The attorney general did not specify which cities or which funds the department may claw back as it has threatened. Donald Trump repeatedly cited her death during the presidential campaign when he called for an end to sanctuary cities. "While we are not yet sure how this new policy will affect OR communities, the Sessions policy would deeply undermine law enforcement and public safety, resulting in less safety in our communities rather than more".

Some city and county officials complained that the Trump administration is not carefully examining sanctuary policies, which vary.

On the other side of the country, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio echoed the defiance of the West coast liberals, challenging the Trump administration, "If they want a fight, we'll see them in court".

As a trio of immigration scholars explained in the Washington Post in December, the vast majority of sanctuary policies don't violate federal law. "Smart law enforcement is built on intelligence gathering and trust, which are dramatically undermined once the cop on the corner is asking victims of crime about their immigration status".

However, the NYPD's "broken windows" policing model routinely exposes New Yorkers to independent ICE activity, it just doesn't pitch in to help the feds directly.

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