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Attorney General says four 'sanctuary cities' may be violating the law

Attorney General says four 'sanctuary cities' may be violating the law
From Reuters - October 12, 2017

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States Justice Department singled out four cities and a county on Thursday for allegedly having so-called sanctuary policies that may violate a federal law which requires them to communicate with federal immigration officials about a persons citizenship status.

The department said Thursday that New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, and Cook County in Illinois along with its largest city Chicago, have preliminarily been found to have policies that violate the law. It is giving those jurisdictions until Oct. 27 to provide evidence demonstrating compliance.

If the government finds the cities and county are violating the statute that calls for information sharing with federal immigration officials, it could decide to cut federal funds for law enforcement.

The Justice Department said it had found no evidence that four other jurisdictions - Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, Clark County, Nevada, Miami-Dade County, Florida and the State of Connecticut - were in violation of the statue, known as Section 1373.

The determinations came after the Justice Department earlier in the year had asked several local jurisdictions to detail their compliance with the law in order to make a determination about their eligibility for certain federal grants.

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