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Democratic Mayors Defend Sanctuary Cities

"An attack on one of our major American cities or small cities is an attack on all of us," Mayor Mitch Landrieu said on Wednesday.

By NTK Staff | 01.24.2018 @1:30pm

Democratic Mayors from across America defended sanctuary cities and blasted President Trump and the Department of Justice over a letter sent to 23 sanctuary cities that demanded they provide records showing they are cooperating with immigration enforcement agencies during a press conference on Wednesday.

The DOJ on Wednesday sent a letter to 23 sanctuary cities and threatened them “with subpoenas if they fail to provide documents to show whether local law enforcement officers are sharing information with federal immigration authorities.”

The U.S. Conference of Mayors is in Washington, D.C. for it’s 86th annual winter meeting, and the Democratic mayors at the press conference took great offense to DOJ’s request.

New Orleans Democratic Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the brother of former Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), said that he would not be attending the scheduled meeting at the White House to discuss infrastructure because of the letter.

Landrieu told the press gathered at the conference that he would be willing to work with the Trump administration to make American cities safer.

“What we are not willing to do is stand idly by when you threaten the mayors of America for following the Constitution of the United States. An attack on one of our major American cities or small cities is an attack on all of us. And it is very important for the president and Congress to understand that,” Landrieu said.

Chicago’s Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel said DOJ’s letter was an attempt by the Trump administration to distract from the fact that they have no infrastructure plan, telling reporters “the emperor wears no clothes.”

Other mayors that spoke out about DOJ’s letter include Eric Garcetti, the Democratic Mayor of Los Angeles; Elizabeth Kautz, the Mayor of Burnsville, Minn.; Greg Fischer the Democratic Mayor of Louisville, Ky.; Steve Adler the Democratic of Austin, Texas; and Ted Wheeler the Democratic Mayor of Portland, Ore.

Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City was not at the press conference but announced he would not be attending today’s meeting of mayors at the White House, due to the same DOJ letter.

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