DOJ and New Orleans officials spar over 'sanctuary' immigration policy

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A letter from the Justice Department released Thursday said officials believe NY is violating a law requiring cooperation on immigration enforcement - one of four cities put on notice they were out of compliance.

"State and local law enforcement agencies are not required to engage in the enforcement of federal immigration law", Malloy wrote to police chiefs earlier this year. Those cities were given a deadline of October 27 to provide the Justice Department with documentation proving their existing laws and law enforcement practices are in line with federal immigration policy.

Sessions and President Donald Trump have been vocal opponents of so-called "sanctuary cities", which enact policies to protect undocumented immigrants.

Since the inauguration and throughout the year, the City of Chicago has been at odds with the Trump Administration. JAG stands for Justice Assistance Grant.

"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 to The Post.

New Orleans demonstrators rallied to support DACA and immigrant communities in September.

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A Thursday Justice Department statement names Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and New Orleans.

"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 feds are giving what they call a "last chance" warning to NY that the city's immigrant-friendly policies may cost it federal grants.

Justice Department grants are contingent on cities agreeing to share information with the feds on individuals' immigration status and giving 48-hour notice before releasing from jail an undocumented immigrant accused of committing a crime.

"The Department of Justice (DOJ) is not convinced the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) complies with federal immigration rules, despite Mayor Mitch Landrieu's repeated assurance that policies limiting officers" involvement in immigration issues are well within bounds.

In addition, Philadelphia is suing over other new requirements for policing grants that Sessions imposed on cities in July, aimed at punishing sanctuary cities. The pair have threatened to cut off federal funding to the cities - which include Hartford and New Haven - but so far that hasn't happened.

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