NYC and Philly Push Back on DOJ

AG Jeff Sessions speaks to the Natl AGs Association about cutting back on civil rights lawsuits against police departments.
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In response to DOJ’s request to prove Section 1373 compliance, New York and Philadelphia say the agency mischaracterizes their statutes, policies and laws.


By Dartunorro Clark

At least two of the four major U.S. cities targeted by the Justice Department over their “sanctuary city” policies are pushing back, arguing they’ve done nothing wrong, letters obtained Friday by NBC News show.

“The letter we submitted to DOJ reiterates that the city’s laws and policies exist in harmony with federal law and bedrock principles of local sovereignty and control,” Zachary W. Carter, corporation counsel for New York, said in a statement.

Earlier this month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions told the four cities — New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and New Orleans — as well as Cook County, Illinois, which includes Chicago, that they appeared to be in violation of a federal statute that requires jurisdictions to comply with federal immigration officials and help to deport suspected undocumented immigrants held in local jails.

Continue reading the story on NBC’s website.

DOJ: 4 Cities May Have Sanctuary City Violations

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Andrea Fox

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Andrea Fox is Editor of and Senior Editor at Lexipol. She is based in Massachusetts.