Sanctuary Mayors Boycott White House Meeting Claiming They were Threatened by Justice Department

On Wednesday, the Justice Department sent a warning to 23 cities that subpoenas would be issued if they fail to produce information showing whether they are complying with federal immigration law enforcement officials.

The leaders of those jurisdictions, all of whom were previously contacted, were instructed to hand over documents that show whether they are “unlawfully restricting information sharing by law enforcement officers with federal immigration authorities” and pursuing sanctuary policies,

“Protecting criminal aliens from federal immigration authorities defies common sense and undermines the rule of law,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement to 23 jurisdictions, including New York, Portland (Oregon), Chicago and San Francisco,

A number of Democratic mayors who were in Washington, D.C., for a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors opted to boycott an event at the White House, favoring a press conference to assert they were being threatened with imprisonment.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who serves as the president of the conference, attributed the Trump administration’s “decision to threaten mayors and demonize immigrants yet again” as the reason he refused to attend the afternoon working session.

“When the President is prepared to engage in an honest conversation about the future of our shared constituencies, we will be honored to join him. Until that time, mayors of both parties will work together to keep our cities safe, hold this administration accountable to its promises, and protect immigrant communities – with or without Washington’s help,” said Landrieu in a statement.

Standing beside Landrieu was Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who called his city a “Trump-free zone” and the mayor of Portland, Oregon, Ted Wheeler, termed the administration’s move as “one of the most disappointing actions from a White House in my lifetime” and claimed President Trump “has no moral compass.”

Emanuel maintained the letter from Justice was released today so as to distract attention from the administration’s alleged lack of a transportation and infrastructure plan.

The Justice Department, however, argued that the mayors were required to abide by federal law if they receive federal financial assistance.

“We’ve given them federal dollars – your taxpayer dollars – to cooperate with federal law enforcement,” Sarah Isgur Flores, a spokeswoman for the DOJ, said Wednesday on Fox News. “So what we’re saying is if we find out you’re not complying with federal law, we’re taking the tax dollars back.”

The jurisdictions were: Chicago; Cook County, Ill; New York City; 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.; City of Los Angeles, Calif.; Louisville, 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.


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  1. avatar

    It’s past time they were sent home, they never should have been brought here in the first place but thanks to odummer and his fellow idiots. President Trump now has to fight to get rid of them and this is why we voted for him some to speak for us. To fight for us and to help us get OUR country back to some what normal. All of these sanctuary cites need to be with out federal funding. Head officials need to be jailed for defying a federal law. It’s time we take our country back!!!!!! They are illegals they are breaking our laws, and bringing with them deisease, flith, debt, crimmanls, and a so called religion that will never fit into this country.

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    The immigration “compromise”, as being reported in the media, is nothing but more of the SAME OLD SAME OLD. It’s amnesty for 1.8 million but all the reductions in legal immigration are not going to happen for a decade, meaning the next Democratic president will reinstate them. Those now on waiting lists will be allowed to enter even though they are not immediate relatives. More work visas will be issued. There is no e-verify meaning people who enter for limited periods and fail to leave will still be able to be employed.

    This bill, if true, is nothing but a surrender to the other side. The Senate would no doubt pass it but the House may be another story. If Trump signs off on this he will be betraying all those who voted for him. People get tired of being screwed over by those they trust to keep their word. Might as well have voted for Linsdey Graham in the presidential race if Trump allows this to happen.

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    Round them up, haul them off and restore much needed Law and Order. Enough of nonsensical bickering!

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    Raquel Vasquez on

    Start arresting the U.S. people who hide and defend illegal immigrants. As the illegal immigrants are and always have been a burden to the United States who only look for free handouts from the government and local agencies.

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      Mr Trump: you was elected Mr Present on your plat form; to deport illegals. That gave the the authority to deport any method that you can use. THE SOCIAL SECURITY HAVE UP TO DATE ON WHO ARE ILLEGAL (deductions from pay checks of those who used stolen or false SSN) Send the owner of that businese and the illegal (Illegals take your families,DACA RELATIVES, AND FRIENDS AND GO HOME. Next illegal payroll deductions on illegals.. Same employer businese is raided. Seize property of those that still have illegals in their employment ICE JOB WITH SOCIAL SECURITY ADM

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    James R. Alexander on

    . . . . . “threatened with imprisonment”? How about being “promised with imprisonment” for hiding ILLEGAL ALIENS in our Sovereign Nation. “Illegal” still means “Illegal” no matter whose dictionary you read. That also means ILLEGAL ALIENS must be dealt with according to the Immigration Laws; further meaning DEPORTATION. Any public official who refuses to cooperate is in violation of his/her Oath of Office and should be removed from that Office. Jail time should be an added bonus.