The Department of Justice sent a scathing letter to 23 municipalities and cities this week, demanding answers over how the “sanctuary cities” were planning to comply with federal guidelines and regulations regarding illegal immigrants; adding that failure to comply will be met with fines and further legal action.
The warning, sent to the heads of the nation’s worst offending cities such as NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, demanded documentation showing how those local governments were complying with President Trump’s strict policies towards illegal immigration and undocumented workers.
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The letter requests, “All documents reflecting any orders, directives, instructions, or guidance to your law enforcement employees (including, but not limited to, police officers, correctional officers, and contract employees), whether formal or informal, that were distributed, produced, and/or in effect during the relevant timeframe.”
“Regarding whether and how these employees may, or may not, communicate with the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, and/or Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or their agents, whether directly or indirectly,” the statement adds.
Any local governments who refuse to hand over the information within the next month face federal subpoenas, legally forcing the offending cities to submit the documentation to the Department of Justice.
GAME CHANGER: DHS to Begin CHARGING Mayors of SANCTUARY CITIES
Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen confirmed this week that her department is investigating whether they can bring criminal charges against mayors and leaders of sanctuary cities and states for defying federal law, adding that the DOJ is “reviewing what avenues may be available.”
“The Department of Justice is reviewing what avenues may be available,” Nielsen told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.
According to the Washington Times, the announcement comes just days after California’s new “sanctuary state” law makes it nearly impossible for federal investigators and prosecutors to interact with illegal immigrants and other undocumented individuals throughout the nation’s most populous state.
The DHS Director was speaking with Senators this week over a host of issues, including the Trump administration’s push on immigration reform; adding that “everyone in the room” -not President Trump- was using “general profanity” in discussing DACA and funding President Trump’s promised border wall.
“What I was struck with, frankly as I’m sure you were as well, was the general profanity that was used in the room by almost everyone,” she added.
GREAT IDEA: Oakland Mayor Says She’ll FACE PRISON Before Caving on ‘Sanctuary City’
The left-wing mayor of Oakland, California vowed she’d go to prison before she caved to federal authorities on her ‘Sanctuary City’ policy regarding illegal immigrants this week, saying her community will never give-in to the “Bully-in-Chief” in the White House.
According to CBS San Francisco, Mayor Libby Schaaf made her pledge while speaking with reporters Thursday following an Immigration and Customs Enforcement announcement that ICE would be conducting raids throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, including Oakland.
“It is no surprise that the bully in chief is continuing to try to intimidate our most vulnerable residents,” said Schaaf, a longtime Hillary Clinton supporter. “We’re very clear that our values are to protect all of our residents regardless of where we come from. We want to protect families, not tear them apart.”
“The fact that the federal government is suggesting that it is actively retaliating against jurisdictions that are exercising their right to have sanctuary policies — that is what is illegal,” she added.
The west coast mayor was then asked by reporters if she would rather go to prison than cave on Oakland’s sanctuary status.
“YES!” she replied.