Statement From A.G. Schneiderman On DOJ Sanctuary City Guidance
News from Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 22, 2017
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STATEMENT FROM A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ON DOJ SANCTUARY CITY GUIDANCE
NEW YORK - Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued the following statement:
"As we've detailed since January, when my office first issued our legal guidance to 'sanctuary' jurisdictions, President Trump lacks the constitutional authority to broadly cut off funding to cities and states simply because they have lawfully acted to protect immigrant families.
Today's DOJ guidance seems to finally acknowledge that fact.
I'll continue to partner with cities around New York to ensure they have the tools they need to legally protect their immigrant communities.
It's important to note: State and local governments and law enforcement don't just have broad authority under the Constitution to not participate in federal immigration enforcement; in fact, such policies can enhance public safety for everyone – as the report we issued last week details."