Mayors boycott Trump meeting after sanctuary cities threat

Mayors boycott Trump meeting after sanctuary cities threat”

But defenders of sanctuary city practices say they actually improve public safety by promoting trust among law enforcement and immigrant communities and reserving scarce police resources for other, more urgent crime-fighting needs. The department also denies immigration agents access to jails or inmates without a federal warrant. "It doesn't make us safer and it violates America's core values".

"Many mayors of both parties were looking forward to visiting the White House today to speak about infrastructure and other issues of pressing importance to the 82 percent of Americans who call cities home", said the group's president, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

Chavez-DeRemer was among eight metro-area mayors in Washington D.C. for the US Conference of Mayors. Others pledged to cooperate, like California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who said the jurisdictions in his state would have no trouble providing the new information showing that they are complying with federal law.

"Picking fights for political reasons is a disservice to all Louisvillians, Kentuckians and Americans", Fischer said.

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump appears to call out Samsung over missing Federal Bureau of Investigation text messages Sessions: Trump following through on promise to lower crime Stakes intensify: Mueller seeks to question Trump MORE in a statement Wednesday urged all of the jurisdictions targeted to "reconsider policies that place the safety of their communities and their residents at risk".

The escalation was announced Wednesday morning on the Fox News' show, "Fox and Friends", by Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores.

Some of those communities tried to blow off previous requests for information about their policies with inadequate evidence, so the new letters warn those that don't take the new requests seriously that they could face subpoenas.

The 23 communities were notified earlier that the Justice Department thought they might not be cooperating.

Mr. Trump has vowed to crack down on sanctuaries, or jurisdictions that thwart cooperation with federal deportation officers, by withholding federal grant money.

Landrieu pointed to a Justice Department (DOJ) letter sent Wednesday that requested documents from almost two dozen jurisdictions to show if local law enforcement is sharing information with federal immigration authorities, with the DOJ threatening to issue subpoenas if jurisdictions fail to cooperate.

Among the cities that have defied the administration include Chicago and Philadelphia - and lawsuits are pending there and in California over whether the White House has overstepped its boundaries by seeking to hold back money. "The Department of Justice enforces them, and as long as that is the law, the Department of Justice is going to strongly enforce it".

-The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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