"The number of murders in Chicago has skyrocketed, rising more than 50 percent from the 2015 levels", the release said.
It also accused local officials of being more concerned about protecting undocumented immigrants than capturing criminals, citing the recent arrest of MS-13 gang members in California. "On May 1st, as part of a national Day without Latinxs, Immigrants & Refugees general strike, tens of thousands of people throughout Wisconsin will march in Milwaukee to stand up for our families, our neighbors, and communities in the face of attacks from Trump, Sessions, and Sheriff Clarke".
The referenced law says that local government can not restrict local enforcement departments from sharing a person's immigration status with federal immigration officers.More news: EPA chief: Agency to reconsider methane emissions rule
Elected officials of certain sanctuary cities have vocalized that they would continue to defy the Trump administration's crackdown on immigration.
Sessions, who is touring the Southwest border this week, told MSNBC that most cities are cooperating.
Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon says the Trump administration is basing its policies on "principles of white supremacy" and not American values. Investigators for the DOJ's watchdog said they believed some sanctuary city policies "may be causing local officials to believe and apply the policies in a manner that prohibits or restricts cooperation with ICE in all respects". "This is an insult, this statement". It is named for Edward Byrne, a murdered New York City police officer.More news: Cleveland Cavaliers to sign Raptors 905's Walter Tavares, continue with mind games
The Justice Department doubled down after de Blasio's comments, repeating its "soft on crime" description.
"Today Clark County received a letter from the U.S. Department of Justice asking it to document compliance with 8 U.S. Code § 1373". "That makes no one safer", Bharara said on Twitter.
The department says it will withhold important grant money unless the county follows a federal immigration law. For example, according to the Justice Department, the city of NY received a $4.3 million grant in 2016.
The letters went to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, as well as officials in New Orleans, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Miami, Milwaukee, New York and Cook County, Ill., which includes Chicago. They have said that having local police turn in illegal immigrants to federal authorities will make it more hard for the police to gain the trust of communities they need to work with to reduce crime. Local governments have been given until June 30 to prove compliance with federal immigration law or risk losing justice assistance grant money. Until Jan. 20, Hanson was a top aide to Sen. CNBC reached out to the Justice Department for copies of the letters but didn't immediately hear back.More news: White House's 'heavy hand' makes government shutdown more likely
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