Mayor Mitch Landrieu said in a statement Thursday that the city was informed it was in full compliance with immigration law, but the DOJ statement lists New Orleans as one of the cities possibly violating it. "Under my Administration, the New Orleans Police Department has and will continue to follow all federal laws; however, the NOPD will not be the federal government's deportation force. The NOPD will continue to focus on the arrest and conviction of violent criminals, regardless of their immigration status".
Landrieu certified that the city was in full compliance in April, after a DOJ letter sent to officials in New Orleans, Sacramento, Chicago, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Miami, Milwaukee, and NY threatening penalties against any city operating as a "sanctuary city". Though this rule is aimed at barring questions about immigrants' legal status, DOJ says it could be interpreted to bar NYPD members from requesting immigration info from federal immigration officers, which would be illegal. "Pursuant to standard training procedures, all officers and employees were notified about the policy in September 2016".
And because Philadelphia police upload reports to crime databases that ICE can access, the city argued earlier this year, it isn't restricting communications with ICE.
A federal judge in April blocked an executive order by Trump that tried to pull a far broader set of federal grants from local law enforcement agencies that don't fully cooperate with federal immigration enforcement actions.
CT had previously been listed as a jurisdiction that was out of compliance in a report compiled by President Barack Obama's Department of Justice in 2016.
The feds are giving what they call a "last chance" warning to NY that the city's immigrant-friendly policies may cost it federal grants.
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But here's the odd thing: "the Trump administration does not specify why exactly it asserts the city and county are in violation, but it gives them until October 27 to prove otherwise before the Justice Department reaches "its final determination" on the matter".
Since the inauguration and throughout the year, the City of Chicago has been at odds with the Trump Administration. Landry said Landrieu's "blatant disregard for the law would have serious consequences". Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry also has pounced on New Orleans over the issue in the wake of Trump's immigration policies.
In August, the city of Chicago sued Sessions over its efforts to stop federal money from going to sanctuary cities through Byrne Justice Assistance Grants.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions argued it was wrong to apply an order nationally in a case brought by Chicago and that it should only apply to that city. In the letter, the department did not specify what would happen if the city failed to do so.
A Chicago federal judge last month imposed a preliminary injunction blocking the Trump administration from tying grants to two new conditions.