The Trump administration has intensified threats to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to comply with federal immigration authorities.
Oakland, San Francisco and Pasadena have identified the sanctuary city funding cutoff as a lobbying priority in Washington, federal records show.
The department said Friday in a statement NY "continues to see gang murder after gang murder, the predictable outcome of the city's "soft on crime" stance".
In the latest push to pressure sanctuary cities to comply with federal immigration enforcement, the Department of Justice sent letters to nine jurisdictions Friday threatening to withhold grant funding.
In a statement, the Department of Justice said that Chicago and NY were both "crumbling under the weight of illegal immigration and violent crime".
"To say we're soft on crime is absolutely ludicrous", O'Neill said.
In California, Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued a strong rebuke to the demand letter from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' department.
In California, where Democrats have waged a defiant opposition to the Trump administration, the state Senate leader, Kevin de León of Los Angeles, charged that it was basing its law enforcement policies "on principles of white supremacy - not American values".
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"Their constant and systematic targeting of diverse cities and states goes beyond constitutional norms and will be challenged at every level", he said.
In a press release Friday, the DOJ cited rising violence as a justification for the agency's crackdown on its immigration efforts. According to a since suspended U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement report, Clark County in Nevada declined to honor federal immigration detainers for undocumented immigrants more than any other jurisdiction. "Maybe we should ask them if we're soft on crime", he said.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions grasps at a slim straw by demanding proof that NY and the other cities are abiding by a federal law that demands the free exchange of information on individuals' immigration status.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has warned the administration will punish communities that won't cooperate with efforts to find and deport immigrants in the US illegally. money.
But as cities' cases against the Trump administration arrive in court, lawyers from the Department of Justice are downplaying the administration's intent.
Zach Butterworth says the city has no problem and drafted its policies in consultation with federal immigration and homeland security officials.
The Department of Justice responded in a later news release that it was criticizing de Blasio's policies, not the officers of the New York Police Department.
Justice Department records show New Orleans received almost $266,000 in grant money through the program in fiscal 2016.