The DOJ sent letters to five jurisdictions, including Chicago and Cook County, warning that local officials need to send evidence by October 27 that shows they are cooperating with the Trump administration's demands in terms of increasing cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigrant agents.
President Donald Trump's Justice Department this week sent letters contending Chicago and Cook County violated federal immigration laws previous year when they were awarded public safety grants.
The U.S. Justice Department has informed New Orleans leaders that the city is in full compliance with federal immigration laws.
The DOJ also cleared four jurisdictions of failing to comply with Section 8 U.S.C. s. 1373: Milwaukee County, WI; the state of Connecticut; Clark County, NV; and Miami-Dade County, FL.
The DOJ said it was the "last chance" for jurisdictions to comply.
The DOJ says Chicago, Philadelphia, New Orleans and New York City fit that description.
The president cities deemed "sanctuary cities" by the Justice Department would lose law enforcement grants.
Seth Stein, a spokesman for New York City, said the mayor's office was "prepared to fight to protect critical public safety funding". Though this rule is aimed at barring questions about immigrants' legal status, DOJ says it could be interpreted to bar NYPD members from requesting immigration info from federal immigration officers, which would be illegal.
Some cities say they will only honor detainers accompanied by criminal warrants, and that compliance with the requests is voluntary and not required under the statute.
The Department is, again, threatening to revoke a federal grant.
Several U.S. cities and counties passed local laws or enacted procedures that prohibit law enforcement from notifying Homeland Security when an undocumented immigrant is identified or arrested.
The Trump administration has taken a hard stance against so-called "sanctuary cities" like Philadelphia, claiming they leave violent criminals on the streets.
The section Sessions references, Section 1373, is a federal statute barring local and state governments from limiting communication regarding residents' immigration or citizenship status with federal officials.
Kenney has been an ardent supporter of Philadelphia's "sanctuary city" policies.
Both the city and the county have identical ordinances on the books preventing local law enforcement from "expend (ing) their time responding to (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) inquiries or communicating with ICE regarding" individuals' incarceration status or release dates while on duty.