Saturday, April 22, 2017

NY Mayor De Blasio, O'Neill Blast Justice Department on Sanctuary City Threat

Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a fiery challenge to President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday night, demanding they come to New York City and tell police officers to their faces that they city was — as the Justice Department alleged — "soft on crime."

The Trump administration sent a letter Friday morning to a number of major cities, all of which have limited law enforcement cooperation with federal authorities over local residents' immigration status. The letter threatened to cut off the cities' law enforcement grants over their sanctuary city status. 

In a statement accompanying the letters, the Justice Department specifically called out what it called New York City's "soft on crime" stance as causing an increase in murders. 
That had de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill fuming.

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