Feds tell New Orleans it's not a sanctuary city, says mayor

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The Department of Justice sternly warned a group of major cities Thursday that they remain in violation of so-called "sanctuary city" laws that shield undocumented immigrants from being reported to the feds.

The U.S. Department of Justice has put five U.S. jurisdictions on notice: end sanctuary policies by October 27.

President Trump vowed to strip federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities, which refuse to assist with enforcement and deportation against undocumented immigrants.

The letters don't say what will happen if the cities don't comply.

The Department is, again, threatening to revoke a federal grant.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement that the cities still in the department's crosshairs "adopt the view that the protection of criminal aliens is more important than the protection of law-abiding citizens and of the rule of law". 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".

Similar letters were sent to New York, New Orleans, Chicago and Cook County.

South Bay, Los Angeles, county send firefighters to battle Orange County fire
Northbound lanes of the 241 to the 91 freeway, and the east and west off-ramps at Gypsum Canyon Road, have also been shut down. Since Anaheim Hills is a heavily equestrian area, many residents have horses, and the fast-moving fire has posed challenges.

The Department of Justice is once again threatening to cut off funding for Philadelphia if the city maintains its sanctuary status.

"We are reviewing DOJ's response, and are prepared to fight to protect critical public safety funding", said de Blasio spokesman Seth Stein.

In a separate case filed by several cities and counties in California, the Justice Department in a June filing acknowledged that immigration detainer requests are voluntary, and that Sessions had not said that non-compliance with detainer requests would count as a breach of Section 1373.

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 CT - were in violation of the statue, known as Section 1373.

Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, long outspoken in support of hardline immigration policies, left his post in August to become a top advisor to the pro-Trump super PAC America First Action.

DOJ points to two other provisions on the books in the city, one that bars city employees from disclosing confidential information including immigration status - though that rule has an exception when disclosure is required by law - and one that says Department of Correction shouldn't spend time on the job responding to federal immigration inquiries.

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