The White House working session on the economy, opioid crisis, and infrastructure - which took place Wednesday afternoon - came as the U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent a letter warning almost two dozen jurisdictions that they could risk losing crucial federal grants if they do not change their policies reflecting leniency towards immigrants.
In November, Oregon lawmakers asked the DOJ to not withhold federal grant money that goes to law enforcement agencies in the state. Federal Law Enforcement, including DOJ officials, should know that anytime Lawrence fingerprints someone for a criminal activity and said person is on their database of wanted undocumented people, they are immediately notified. "Our goal here, "the official added", is to ensure compliance with applicable federal law".
Trump has promised to dramatically restrict immigration, and Sessions has taken a hard line on the issue since his days as an Alabama senator.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he will boycott a scheduled meeting at the White House on Wednesday in response to the letter.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said that sanctuary policies jeopardize the safety of Americans.
But once the event was underway, Trump disputed that most of mayors had boycotted, saying "the vast majority of people showed up", according to a White House pool report.
The Justice Department warns it may seek the "return of FY 2016 grant funds, require additional conditions for receipt of any FY 2017 Byrne JAG funding for which you have applied, and/or deem you ineligible for FY 2017 Byrne JAG funds".
Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R) and U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu for the District of Columbia at a press conference at the Justice Department in Washington on December 15, 2017.
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A small group of Palestinians in the West Bank town of Bethlehem protested Pence's arrival by burning posters with his image. Pence's remarks reflected an interim plan to retrofit an existing USA consulate in Jerusalem to serve as a full embassy.
In the game of political football over immigration enforcement - which is pervading all levels of government, Congress included - it will likely fall on federal judges to decide on the merits of the immigration policies in jurisdictions like Denver, which has insisted that it doesn't have to help federal ICE agents in many cases unless those agents present signed warrants from judges (which the agency does not bother to get in many cases before staging arrests and raids).
"For 100 years, the Democratic mayors have done a awful - I mean, they've done some bad work", Trump said, according to a White House transcript.
Landrieu, subject of speculation about a 2020 presidential run, said Wednesday morning that he wanted no part in meeting with an administration that's attacking USA cities.
"The City of Chicago, which was the only city back in the Civil War that did not participate in the Fugitive Slave Act, it was the first welcoming city in the United States and the city of Chicago will not turn its back on people who believe for their children American is still is a place of promise", Mayor Emanuel said.
The Justice Department is again ramping up pressure on cities seeking public safety grants to prove they are cooperating with immigration authorities. "And if you're undocumented, bonus points, '" Garcetti said at a news conference at the U.S. Conference of Mayors" winter meeting in Washington, D.C.
The mayors' decision comes shortly after the Justice Department threatened to subpoena documents from 23 cities to determine if they are withholding immigration information from the federal government.
San Francisco's new interim Mayor Mike Farrell also responded to the letter. "No number of threatening letters will change the fact that we are in compliance with federal law, nor will we be bullied or intimidated into betraying our immigrant community".
Numerous jurisdictions have said they already are in full compliance with the law.
"Together, we will use every legally viable tool at our disposal to protect the American people from risky criminal aliens and from the people that place their protection over the protection of law-abiding citizens", the official said.