Home | About | Donate

Renewing "Racist Assault on Immigrant Communities," Trump's DOJ Threatens 23 Sanctuary Jurisdictions


#1

Renewing "Racist Assault on Immigrant Communities," Trump's DOJ Threatens 23 Sanctuary Jurisdictions

Published on
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
by

Edit News Renewing "Racist Assault on Immigrant Communities," Trump's DOJ Threatens 23 Sanctuary Jurisdictions

Mayors of major cities say they won't attend WH meeting after Trump administration's decision to "demonize immigrants yet again"

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio blasted the Department of Justice's escalated harassment of so-called sanctuary cities as a "racist assault on our immigrant communities." (Photo: Bob Bruhin/flickr/cc)

Trump's Department of Justice continued its harassment of so-called "sanctuary" jurisdictions on Wednesday, as it ordered 23 such states, counties, and cities to submit documents that prove compliance with federal immigration authorities.

Failure to adequately comply, the DOJ warned, means the jurisdiction risks a subpoena for the documents or possibly having to return federal grant money.

Among those receiving the letters was New York City. Responding to the demand, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted, "I will NOT be attending today's meeting at the White House after @realDonaldTrump's Department of Justice decided to renew their racist assault on our immigrant communities. It doesn't make us safer and it violates America's core values."

I will NOT be attending today’s meeting at the White House after @realDonaldTrump’s Department of Justice decided to renew their racist assault on our immigrant communities. It doesn’t make us safer and it violates America’s core values.

— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) January 24, 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, for his part, said in a statement, "Protecting criminal aliens from federal immigration authorities defies common sense and undermines the rule of law. We have seen too many examples of the threat to public safety represented by jurisdictions that actively thwart the federal government's immigration enforcement—enough is enough."

Those receiving the letters had previously been contacted by Trump's DOJ about their compliance with sharing with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) information about undocumented people they arrested.

As NBC News reports,

Beginning in the Obama administration, the Justice Department warned local governments that in order to receive money under a crime-fighting grant program, they must not block their law enforcement officers from giving information to federal immigration authorities. Wednesday's letters ask for proof of compliance.

Specifically, the Justice Department seeks documentation that local law enforcement is not prohibited from communicating with federal immigration agents when asked for information about undocumented migrants in local jails.

However, as Reuters adds,

Many of the jurisdictions have said they already are in full compliance with the law. Some sued the administration after the Justice Department threatened to cut off millions of dollars in federal public safety grants to sanctuary cities. The cities have won in lower courts but the legal fight is ongoing.

Though his city did not receive the DOJ letter, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said that he, like de Blasio, would not attend the White House meeting. "Unfortunately, the Trump administration's decision to threaten mayors and demonize immigrants yet again—and use cities as political props in the process—has made this meeting untenable," he said.

The development comes a month after acting ICE director Thomas Homan threatened to charge charge with federal crimes elected officials who lead sanctuary cities. In addition to New York City, the jurisdictions that received the new letters are Chicago; Cook County, Ill.; the State of California; Albany, N.Y.; Berkeley, Calif.; Bernalillo County, N.M.; Burlington, Vt; the City and County of Denver, Colo.; Fremont, Calif.; Jackson, Miss.; King County, Wash.; Lawrence, Mass.; the City of Los Angeles; Louisville Metro, Ky; Monterey County, Calif.; Sacramento County, Calif.; the City and County of San Francisco; Sonoma County, Calif.; Watsonville, Calif.; West Palm Beach, Fla.; the State of Illinois; and the State of Oregon.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License

#2

" Jeff Sessions, for his part, said in a statement, “Protecting criminal aliens from federal immigration authorities defies common sense and undermines the rule of law.” Jeff, you racist idiot, ‘common sense’ encompasses ‘compassion’, and since you don’t know what the fuck that is, I’d suggest ‘your’ rule of law is somewhat different than what ‘common sense’ would agree with. You’ve got no soul, so fuck off dude.


#3

Why are we being governed by a minority of vile screaming TIKI torch carrying idiots? Is this what millions bled, sweat and died for? Seems hardly worth it. Why does FOX, the truth benders, allowed to go unchallenged? Why is a president elected by a minority allowed to throw my hard earned tax dollars at his and Steve Miller’s crazy schemes?


#4

How can a child commit a crime? There are obviously unjust and stupid laws. Amnesty? Hell, they should be given complete citizenship as if they were born here. I truly had the impression that I was a citizen of a civilized country, not some backward shit hole country. Sorry world don’t flush us down yet, give us a chance. I can’t begin to imagine what it feels like to live with the dreamers’s nightmare. There IS a special place in hell for people who are willing to inflict this kind of nightmare.


#5

My first thoughts about this center on states rights. If individual states make the decision of having sanctuary cities for immigrants that is a local issue. On the other hand, Trump trying to force his racism on all of the states is over stepping his federal authority. Which brings the issue into focus, Trump’s rabid racism. In 2018 Trump and his blatant racism is a full embarrassment in front of the world. It is not simply racism, but full racism connected to white supremacist attitudes. It is 2018 and not 1918. Trump is an embarrassment in front of international opinion. He is a rabidly racist white supremacist, someone that is totally unqualified to be in the White House.