De Blasio Gained't Meet Trump After DOJ Threatens Sanctuary Cities

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Mayor de Blasio and President Trump gained’t meet in any case.

The mayor pulled out of a deliberate sitdown with Trump and dozens of different mayors scheduled for Wednesday afternoon after the Division of Justice threatened New York with a subpoena over its sanctuary metropolis insurance policies.

“I’ll NOT be attending right now’s assembly on the White Home after @realDonaldTrump’s Division of Justice determined to resume their racist assault on our immigrant communities,” de Blasio tweeted. “It does not make us safer and it violates America’s core values.”

It’s not the primary time that the Division of Justice has threatened New York and different sanctuary cities, which refuse to help with enforcement and deportation towards undocumented immigrants.

In October, the division warned it was giving town its “final probability” warning to vary its insurance policies or lose essential federal grants. DOJ argued town’s legal guidelines violated federal immigration legal guidelines.

The letter that DOJ despatched Wednesday went to 23 cities, together with New York and Albany, and mentioned that any of the jurisdictions that didn’t “reply fully” to DOJ’s requests for info can be topic to a subpoena,

“I proceed to induce all jurisdictions underneath evaluation to rethink insurance policies that place the protection of their communities and their residents in danger,” Lawyer Common Jeff Periods mentioned in an announcement. “Defending felony aliens from federal immigration authorities defies widespread sense and undermines the rule of legislation.”

De Blasio wasn’t the one mayor to announce he was bailing on the deliberate sitdown — he was joined by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who can be the president of the U.S. Convention of Mayors.

In an announcement, Landrieu mentioned the group had been wanting ahead to discussing points that matter to cities — residence to 82% of the nation’s inhabitants.

“Sadly, the Trump administration’s determination to threaten mayors and demonize immigrants but once more — and use cities as political props within the course of — has made this assembly untenable,” he mentioned. “The U.S. Convention of Mayors is proud to be a bipartisan group. However an assault on mayors who lead welcoming cities is an assault on everybody in our convention.”

“When the President is ready to have interaction in an trustworthy dialog about the way forward for our shared constituencies, we might be honored to hitch him. Till that point, mayors of each events will work collectively to maintain our cities protected, maintain this administration accountable to its guarantees, and shield immigrant communities — with or with out Washington’s assist,” he added.

De Blasio had been planning to attend the assembly on the White Home with a bipartisan group of mayors, and to attend Convention of Mayors occasions the next day. He was already en path to Washington when he introduced he would now not attend.

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Earlier than thew DOJ letter was launched, de Blasio had mentioned he was trying to press the White Home to spend money on infrastructure domestically — citing 100 bridges greater than 100 years outdated and a subway system in disaster.

“There isn’t any method on the earth we right here can cowl all these bills,” he mentioned throughout an interview on “Good Day New York.”

“The President must deal with an infrastructure plan for the nation that really includes federal funding to spur on our economic system. To date he has not been prepared to do this. I’ll problem him on that,” de Blasio mentioned.

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