Mayor Kenney keeping Philadelphia a sanctuary city despite DOJ warning

Mayor Kenney keeping Philadelphia a sanctuary city despite DOJ warning

They are: Chicago, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia and Cook County, Ill.

The Justice Department determined that these policies violate federal immigration law because they restrict the sharing of information regarding immigration status, Hanson noted in his letter. "The NOPD will continue to focus on the arrest and conviction of violent criminals, regardless of their immigration status".

Mayor James Kenney and City Solicitor Sozi Pedro Tulante have commented on a Department of Justice's (DOJ) letter addressing Philadelphia's certification of compliance to immigration laws. Landrieu added that the letter failed to note that the NOPD 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.'" "As such, we continue to state unambiguously that [NOPD policy] does not restrict officers and employees from requesting information regarding immigration status from federal immigration officers", Landrieu said". It states that Philly police will cooperate with federal authorities as they investigate immigrants suspected of criminal activities but will not transmit the immigration status of any victims of crimes.

The letter is the latest salvo in a protracted battle between the Trump administration, with its hardline immigration policies, and city officials, who have insisted their sanctuary policies on undocumented immigrants make the city safer and do not break the law.

At stake is a policing grant that the city received from the department in 2016 - and, Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened earlier this year, future grants, too.

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Connecticut's friendly stance toward undocumented immigrants has placed it under increased scrutiny during the Trump administration, which has pledged to take a more hard-line stance on illegal immigration.

A month later, Philadelphia sent the DOJ a letter saying that none of its sanctuary policies violate federal law.

The policy may violate federal law "depending on how your jurisdiction interprets and applies them", the Justice Department wrote. "Unfortunately, the Mayor has ignored my many warnings and continued to risk the safety, security, and funding of our State's citizens". Because Sessions is the best person to implement Trump's immigration policy, which was a lynchpin of his campaign. "Mitch Landrieu is playing politics at the expense of New Orleans", Landry said in a statement.

In August, Kenney announced a lawsuit against Sessions, alleging that new JAG funding requirements that force cities to abandon "sanctuary city" policies are unlawful. Several agencies and local governments in California had sued over the order.

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