Democratic mayors are not happy about threats from the Justice Department over so-called sanctuary cities. The Justice Department says sanctuary cities must provide documents showing whether local law enforcement officers are sharing information with the feds. In a DC news conference today, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti accused the Trump administration of practicing the "politics of distraction and destruction." New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu called the threat an unprecedented punch in the face to cities.
Mayor Hancock Statement on Department of Justice Letter
DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock released the following statement in response to the letter sent to Denver from the Department of Justice demanding documents and threatening to subpoena.
“This is a destructive ploy by the Trump Administration’s lawyers to politicize a routine exchange of information. We will repeat what we have said time and again, Denver does not violate section 1373 and complies with all federal laws. These threats are blatant attempts to distract the American people from the real news, namely that the Mueller investigation is turning up the heat on a dysfunctional presidency.
“Denver won’t back down. We are joined by dozens of other communities, resolute in opposing chaotic and poorly reasoned overreach by Attorney General Sessions and we will not stand down from doing what is right. There are hundreds of Mayors in DC who have been invited by Trump to the White House today. I refuse to meet with the President under these kinds of threats and fearmongering.
“As a reminder to our community, every step we take and the role of our law enforcement is to maintain the highest level of safety for all our people including our immigrants.”