Calling New York "soft on crime", pointing out that murders in Chicago have "skyrocketed", and criticizing law enforcement in the Bay Area with seeming to be "more concerned with reassuring illegal immigrants" than cracking down on gang members, the Trump Administration on Friday fired shots across the bows of nine jurisdictions, including Milwaukee, reminding them to enforce immigration law or risk losing federal money. In regards to New York City in particular, the statement read, "New York City continues to see gang murder after gang murder, the predictable effect of the city's "soft on crime" stance". The mayor's spokesman Seth Stein called the DOJ's allegation "alternative facts".
A New Orleans official says the city will provide the Justice Department with proof that it is complying with federal law and cooperating with immigration authorities.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has warned that the administration will punish communities that refuse to cooperate with efforts to find and deport immigrants in the country illegally. That's a sad irony since the reason "sanctuary city" policies exist is to encourage otherwise law-abiding undocumented immigrants to feel safe reporting crimes and interacting with officers.
"The Justice Department's release this afternoon stating that New York City is somehow "soft on crime" and continues to see 'gang murder after gang murder, ' demonstrates a willful disregard for the facts", NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said in a statement.
Eight and a half million people live in New York City.
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The jurisdictions also include Clark County, Nevada; Cook County, Illinois; Miami-Dade County, Florida; and Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. Year to date, the city is down an additional 17 percent from last year's record low.
The department sent letters Friday to cities its inspector general previously identified as having rules limiting the information that can be provided to federal immigration authorities, including Sacramento, Chicago, New York and Philadelphia.
NY and the other jurisdictions face June 30 deadlines to comply or risk millions in federal money. "The Department of Justice claims to care about the well-being of American people, but the very same dollars they have threatened to withhold provide funding for our systems of security", Steve Choi, Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition, said in a statement.
New Orleans was among the 100 communities that "limit cooperation" with the federal government, according to a list the Trump administration put out in March.
The department's statement did not, however, offer any evidence to support a correlation between illegal immigration and increased violence in sanctuary cities.