DOJ to Mayor Kenney: Philly's 'sanctuary' policies violate federal law

Sessions Says Connecticut Is In Compliance With Immigration Information-Sharing Law

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.

"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", Landrieu said in a statement in response to the April letter.

DOJ in its recent announcement also determined that Milwaukee County, Wisc., Clark County, Nev., Miami-Dade County, Fla., and the state of CT are in compliance with Federal law and are not guilty of sanctuary cities violations. He says under his administration, the New Orleans Police Department has and will continue to follow all federal laws.

Section 8 U.S.C. s. 1373 says that a state "may not prohibit, or in any way restrict, any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual".

Mayor Jim Kenney is not budging from his position that Philadelphia will remain a sanctuary city, despite warnings from the Department of Justice.


"Instead of fear-mongering and false accusations, we urge you to work with mayors across the nation to tackle violent crime through smart, evidence-based policing", Landrieu said.

The NOPD revised its policy previous year to clarify that officers aren't barred from communicating with immigration officials and to require them to follow federal law. Those cities were given a deadline of October 27 to provide the Justice Department with documentation proving their existing laws and law enforcement practices are in line with federal immigration policy. "Mitch Landrieu is playing politics at the expense of New Orleans", Landry said in a statement. Because Sessions is the best person to implement Trump's immigration policy, which was a lynchpin of his campaign. The City of New Orleans will not be side-tracked by caustic, political rhetoric that seeks to make us fearful of others and scapegoat immigrants.

The feds also take issue with a city executive order saying cops shouldn't inquire about New Yorkers' immigration status. Immigration is a federal matter. The pair have threatened to cut off federal funding to the cities - which include Hartford and New Haven - but so far that hasn't happened.

President Trump vowed to strip federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities, which refuse to assist with enforcement and deportation against undocumented immigrants. Several agencies and local governments in California had sued over the order.

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