President Donald Tramp`s administration was accused of withholding 4 million dollars in local law enforcement funds that he had promised, after municipalities disagreed to cooperate.
In the letter sent to Attorney General Jeff Sessions they say “to punish states and local governments for their immigration laws and policies.”
The money for this funds, was due during the previous fiscal year that expired Sept. 30. and are due the state and its localities under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program.
Justice Department Devin O’Malley says that this delay is due to an ongoing lawsuit in Chicago.
He says: “Violent crime is on the rise in America, especially in many of our major cities.Unfortunately, as a result of a lawsuit by the city of Chicago and their extreme sanctuary policies, there have been delays in getting these funds into the hands of our cooperating state and local crime fighting partners.”
Newark, East Orange, Jersey City and other cities in New Jersey have vowed not to cooperate with federal authorities on immigration issues. Such municipalities are known as “sanctuary cities.”
Trump, has threatened cities with the loss of federal funds if they do not accede to federal requests to hold unauthorized immigrants.
The letter, led by Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-9th Dist., was signed by the other eight Democrats representing New Jersey in Congress.
Although a lot of the U.S politicians are considering taking steps in protecting undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, from deportation, president Trump still has a lot of influence.