The Trump administration sent letters to nine jurisdictions in its conflict with sanctuary cities, communities that refuse to comply with federal immigration authorities.
De Leon has been an outspoken critic of the administration's immigration crackdown.
The release went on to call NY "soft on crime", talk about how murders Chicago have "skyrocketed", and said that officials in the Bay Area seem "more concerned with reassuring illegal immigrants that the raid was unrelated to immigration than with warning other MS-13 members that they were next".
The letters demand that each jurisdiction provide documentation along with "an official legal opinion" that they are complying with the terms of the grant.
"Failure to comply with this condition could result in the withholding of grant funds, suspension or termination of the grant, ineligibility for future. grants, or other action, as appropriate", Hanson wrote. The Justice Department sent letters Friday to nine jurisdictions warning it would withhold coveted law enforcement grant money unless they document cooperation. Seattle, not one of the places targeted with a letter, and other jurisdictions have sued the Trump administration over the sanctuary issue.
Playing off Sessions' recent comments that sanctuary cities undermine the fight against gangs, the Justice Department said the communities under financial threat are "crumbling under the weight of illegal immigration and violent crime".
The grants under threat-which amounted to roughly $24.5 million for Chicago previous year, according to the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, -go in most part to law enforcement efforts.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has adopted a hard line on immigration, dating to his time in the U.S. Senate.
"We did not become the safest big city in America by becoming 'soft on crime, ' a visibly irritated DeBlasio said".
At a news conference, O'Neill said his "blood began to boil" when he read the feds' statement criticizing his department. It was reviewing the Justice Department's letter. Sessions links immigration to a variety of social problems, including what he calls a rise in crime. The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office, for example, has a policy to decline all requests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to keep a suspected deportable immigrant in its custody long enough for immigration authorities to arrest the person unless that person is charged with certain violent crimes, according to the report.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele said that city is hardly succumbing to violence. "My far greater concern is the proactive dissemination of misinformation, fear, and intolerance".