DOJ to Chicago: Drop 'Sanctuary City' Laws or Lose Federal Funding

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Wednesday federal authorities notified officials in Philadelphia and other cities that they are not in compliance with current immigration law.

A federal law known by the shorthand 1373 requires local police to detain anyone suspected of being in the country illegally for several days until investigators from Immigration and Customs Enforcement can intervene, even if the crime they're accused of is minor, or no charges are filed. The City of New Orleans will not be side-tracked by caustic, political rhetoric that seeks to make us fearful of others and scapegoat immigrants. Emanuel, though, blasted Trump on immigration Thursday, saying the president's administration is "morally wrong, policy-wise wrong and their set of priorities will lead you in the wrong direction".

CT had previously been listed as a jurisdiction that was out of compliance in a report compiled by President Barack Obama's Department of Justice in 2016.

"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.

"The Department of Justice failed to note in its letter sent to me today that Chapter 41.6.1, Paragraph 5 of the NOPD's operation manual states that officers are to follow Section 1373 (a), and that the policy does 'not prohibit, or in any way restrict, any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, [ICE] information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual, '" Landrieu said.

The DOJ reported Thursday that after a review it found five jurisdictions that may be in violation of the information-sharing requirement, including New York, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, Philadelphia and New Orleans. Additionally, the Justice Department said subsequent investigations found Miami-Dade County, Fla., and Clark County, Nev., where Las Vegas is located, were already in accordance with federal immigration law, though previously they had been listed otherwise.

An additional three policies also may not be in compliance, depending on the way Philadelphia applies them.

The Department of Justice found New York City isn't complying with federal immigration laws and ordered the Big Apple to prove it's not a sanctuary city by October 27 or risk losing millions in federal grant dollars.

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. One of the primary battles is that of Chicago's "sanctuary city" status.

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