If cities want assistance as part of the Justice Department’s new initiative to curb violent crime, they will have to help federal authorities tamp down on illegal immigration, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday.
In a statement, the Justice Department said that cities can be selected for the Public Safety Partnership – which sends federal experts to work on crime-fighting efforts with their local counterparts – only if the cities “show a commitment to reducing crime stemming from illegal immigration.” The department sent a letter to four places that it said had expressed interest in the program, and asked them to confirm they had policies that would help the Department of Homeland Security detain and deport undocumented immigrants arrested for other crimes.
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