WASHINGTON ― The Trump administration won’t help cities and counties fight crime through a new program if it doesn’t like their policies on immigrants, the Department of Justice announced on Thursday in yet another effort to threaten so-called “sanctuary cities” into assisting with deportation efforts.
The DOJ singled out four jurisdictions: Albuquerque, New Mexico; Baltimore, Maryland; San Bernardino, California; and Stockton, California. All of them are interested in participating in the newly-created National Public Safety Partnership, which assists local law enforcement in addressing violent crime.
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To be chosen, the cities must first “show a commitment to reducing crime stemming from illegal immigration,” DOJ said in a statement.
The department issued this requirement because jurisdictions that do not fully cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement
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