President Donald Trump’s administration is not backing down against the unlawful actions of so-called sanctuary cities. On Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened to subpoena 23 sanctuary cities across the U.S. if they fail to provide documents showing whether local law enforcement officers are sharing information with federal immigration authorities.
According to a Department of Justice press release, all 23 cities were “previously contacted” by DOJ over concerns about “laws, policies, or practices” that could be in violation of federal law promoting “information sharing related to immigration enforcement.”
Sessions adds, “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.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatens to subpoena 23 sanctuary cities. pic.twitter.com/UebVr869V3
— Bansi Sharma (@bansisharma) January 24, 2018
Unsurprisingly, mayors across the country responded to the news by throwing a fit, with several opting not to attend a previously scheduled meeting at the White House. “Many mayors of both parties were looking forward to visiting the White House today to speak about infrastructure and other issues of pressing importance to the 82 percent of Americans who call cities home,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who is president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. “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.”
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio went a step further by flat-out calling the subpoena threat “racist.”
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
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The mayors will likely fight Sessions’s request, because they obviously care more about protecting illegals – many of whom are violent criminals – than they do following federal law. Quite frankly, they deserve to be subpoenaed.
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