Hanson oversees the administration of the department's Byrne Law Enforcement Grant Program, which channels money to local jurisdictions. The Justice Department wants documents proving each is following immigration law by June 30. Friday's letters warn officials they must provide proof from an attorney that they are following the law or risk losing thousands of dollars in federal grant money that police agencies use to pay for anything from body cameras to bulletproof vests.
The jurisdictions that received the letter and other sanctuary cities deny that they violate the federal statute, arguing it only requires sharing immigration status, which they say the do, but not compliance with ICE requests like detainers.
The Trump administration as a whole has taken a hard-line stance on immigration, calling for the speedy removal of criminals while also broadening the levels of crime that could subject someone to deportation.
Attorney General Sessions, who is touring the Southwest border this week, told MSNBC most cities are cooperating.
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In a statement released last month, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said he won't stop fighting "Trump's un-American immigration policies". "The number of murders in Chicago has skyrocketed, rising more than 50 percent from the 2015 levels".
"New York City continues to see gang murder after gang murder, the predictable outcome of the city's "soft on crime" stance", the release said.
NY and the other jurisdictions face June 30 deadlines to comply or risk millions in federal money.
In a statement on Friday, the Justice Department claimed that "New York City continues to see gang murder after gang murder, the predictable outcome of the city's "soft on crime" stance". Ultimately what they're doing is conflating immigrants with criminality,"she said".
According to the Justice Department, the amount of grants ranged from Las Vegas, which received $11,537, to California, which received $10.4 million split among 128 jurisdictions.