Democratic mayors decline White House invite, anger Trump

Department of Justice threatens

The DOJ has repeatedly threatened to deny millions of dollars in grant money to communities that refuse to comply with a federal statute requiring information-sharing with federal authorities, as part of the Trump administration's promised crackdown on cities and states that refuse to help enforce USA immigration laws. He says the city has helped federal authorities apprehend criminals living in the country illegally on at least nine recent occasions.

"Sanctuary cities are the best friends of the gangs and the cartels like MS-13". If we have a country with no laws, then nothing matters.

In November, the DOJ sent letters to cities and states around the U.S.

At issue are grants named for Edward Byrne, a slain NYPD officer - who de Blasio pointed out was gunned down while protecting a Guyanese immigrant who was set to testify in a criminal case.

"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", Mitch Landrieu, the group's president and the Democratic mayor of New Orleans, said in a statement".

The letter from the Department of Justice - which also went to Fremont, Los Angeles, Monterey County, Sacramento County, Sonoma County and Watsonville - was an escalation of a bitter battle between Attorney General Jeff Sessions and pro-sanctuary jurisdictions that receive federal crime-fighting grants. "As long as that is the law, the Department of Justice is going to strongly enforce it". "The ICE officials with whom we spoke stated that since the detainers are considered to be voluntary, they are not enforceable against jurisdictions which do not comply". "And people said, 'I don't know if that's a nice thing to say".

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The cities were told to submit the documents by February 23 or be subpoenaed and have the Justice Department withhold millions of dollars in grants for their police departments. We will repeat what we have said time and again, Denver does not violate section 1373 and complies with all federal laws.

The law in question is 8 U.S.C. 1373, a federal statute that says, in part, "a federal, state, or local government entity or official may not prohibit, or in any way restrict, any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual".

Adler requested that state officials send DOJ several documents related to the state's sanctuary status by February 23. On Wednesday, Sessions threatened to subpoena 23 jurisdictions to produce documents showing whether they are cooperating lawfully with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The Associated Press reports that mayors from across the USA boycotted a White House meeting on infrastructure Wednesday in response to the letters. "It's contrary to the values of our nation, and it's contrary to the ideals and the law that we establish".

Annie Lai, a professor and immigration expert at UC Irvine School of Law, said the Justice Department was "taking the few openings they still have legally and stretching them as far as they can to exert pressure on jurisdictions to abandon their immigrant protective policies".

"In addition to a brief meeting with [Trump] today, we were invited to visit with the vice president and officials with key departments, including the Army Corps of Engineers, HUD and the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs", Rawlings said. The feds are threatening to subpoena documents related to cooperation with federal immigration agents.

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