Sanctuary City Mayors Protest Immigration Ultimatum

(ESPAÑOL) Sanctuary city mayors protest the most recent announcement by the Trump administration last Friday. Last weekend, the Justice Department told local government officials to share immigration information by June 30 of people arrested in their local jails or risk losing federal money grants.

Predictably, this declaration was met with a backlash from most of the sanctuary city mayors. Mayor Mitch Landrieu said “If anybody in the Trump administration would actually do some research before firing off letters, they would see that the city of New Orleans has already provided the Department of Justice documentation that shows we are in compliance with federal immigration laws.”

Chicago’s mayor Rahm Emanuel also reiterated his stance on the issue, stating that the city is still a “welcoming” city for immigrants and the DOJ has neither “the facts nor the law on their side.”

Chicago might be the city who has the most to lose from federal funds being withdrawn, with approximately $3.6 billion at stake, which could cripple the city due to its use in roads, bridges, and a wide variety of federal programs.

Additionally, the DOJ has accused New York City of being “soft on crime,” which the Mayor of the city, Bill de Blasio, responded to by stating that it is not true and the statement “I have never met a member of the New York Police Department that is soft on crime.”

Meanwhile, California’s SB54 moves on through the state’s legislature, aimed at severing cooperation between the state’s local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities when it comes to handing over locally jailed undocumented detainees for deportation.

At first, the bill set a very bright-line rule stating that the police simply was not involved in immigration and would have nothing to do with it. However, due to politicking and bargaining, the bill has been eased considerably and exceptions have been made, the main one allowing police to turn over immigrants convicted of certain violent felonies.