Justice Department Threatens Funding Over Philadelphia Immigration Policies

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The letter gives the city until October 27 to submit more documents proving they're in compliance before the feds make a final decision about the money.

"I urge all jurisdictions found to be out of compliance in this preliminary review to reconsider their policies that undermine the safety of their residents", he added. U.S.C. 1373 - states that a federal, state or local government entity can not restrict any government entity from "sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual".

"I commend the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office and the State of CT on their commitment to complying with Section 1373", Sessions said, "I urge all jurisdictions found to be out of compliance in this preliminary review to reconsider their policies that undermine the safety of their residents". Of the seven, DOJ cleared Miami-Dade County, Fla., and Clark County, Nev., saying that there was "no evidence" they were out of compliance with Section 1373.

The announcement comes a day after the DOJ announced a new partnership with the State Department to share information to crack down on employers abusing worker visa programs such as the H-1B. The law is clear that they can not hire a foreign worker when an American worker is just as qualified, however.

The Trump administration in April named New Orleans in a list of cities it had concerns about in regards to immigration law. Among the measures include transforming the Green Card system, beefing up border security and facilitating deportations.

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An additional three policies also may not be in compliance, depending on the way Philadelphia applies them.

States are fighting back against the threats, however.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned Chicago and three other cities to get into compliance with federal laws or risk losing federal grants.

The policies violate a federal immigration statute that prohibits municipalities from restricting communications between government agencies and federal immigration authorities who seek the immigration status of an individual, according to the DOJ.

In September, a federal judge in Chicago enjoined Sessions' order nationwide, blocking the directive from taking effect while the courts evaluate the case. Judge Orlando Garcia said the measure would "erode public trust and make many communities and neighborhoods less safe". Several mayors, including Bill de Blasio of NY and Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, have pushed back against Session's crackdown, initiating lawsuits aimed at stopping the DOJ from withholding law enforcement grants. In response, Chicago sued the DOJ, asserting that the grant guidelines would "federalize" local law enforcement and force police to violate the constitutional rights of alien jail inmates.

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