At stake is what amounts to a blip in the city budget. But for officials in New York, as in several other cities with large immigrant populations, it is about the principle more than the federal money they stand to lose for their so-called sanctuary city policies.
On Wednesday, the office of Mayor Bill de Blasio sent a letter to the Justice Department asserting that the city was cooperating with immigration officials to the extent required under federal law and that the city should not, as the Justice Department has argued, forfeit a $4.3 million federal law enforcement grant.
The letter, and others sent from cities like New Orleans and Philadelphia, came amid a burst of activity on immigration in Washington. As the House prepared to vote on Thursday on two bills to crack down on undocumented immigrants who commit crimes, President Trump cheered the legislation for getting the “bad people” out of American cities.
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Source: The New York Times (via The Empire Report)