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The Justice Department also found Chicago, New Orleans, New York City and Cook County, Illinois, to be in violation.
A Thursday Justice Department statement names Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and New Orleans. Landrieu added that the letter failed to note that the NOPD policy "does "not prohibit, or in any way restrict, any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, [ICE] information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.'" "As such, we continue to state unambiguously that [NOPD policy] does not restrict officers and employees from requesting information regarding immigration status from federal immigration officers", Landrieu said". Proponents have argued that enlisting street-level police to enforce national immigration policy makes it harder for them to investigate and stop crimes, because undocumented immigrants won't cooperate if they think they will be deported. The pair have threatened to cut off federal funding to the cities - which include Hartford and New Haven - but so far that hasn't happened. When the Justice Department included New Orleans on a preliminary list of alleged "sanctuary cities" in April, the city's leaders accused federal leaders of not "doing their homework".
The feds also take issue with a city executive order saying cops shouldn't inquire about New Yorkers' immigration status. The Justice Department is appealing the ruling, according to the Chicago Tribune.
One condition requires the city to give federal agents, when requested, a 48-hour heads up of the scheduled release date and time "of an alien in the jurisdiction's custody". Several agencies and local governments in California had sued over the order.