AG: Com­ply or lose grant $$

New York Post - - NEWS - By MARISA SCHULTZ in Wash­ing­ton, DC, and YOAV GONEN & MAX JAEGER in NY

The Depart­ment of Jus­tice is giv­ing New York City two weeks to com­ply with fed­eral im­mi­gra­tion laws or it will force the city to pay back mil­lions of dol­lars in law-en­force­ment grants.

A Jus­tice Depart­ment re­view of Big Ap­ple laws and poli­cies found four in­stances where city rules vi­o­late fed­eral im­mi­gra­tion laws, the feds said in an Oct. 11 let­ter to the Mayor’s Of­fice of Crim­i­nal Jus­tice ob­tained by The Post.

The depart­ment in­formed the city it has two weeks to en­sure it won’t pro­hibit the NYPD and Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tion from shar­ing im­mi­gra­tion sta­tuses with fed­eral of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing com­ply­ing with de­ten­tion re­quests when an il­le­gal im­mi­grant

Ju­ris­dic­tions that adopt so-called "sanc­tu­ary poli­cies" also adopt the view that the pro­tec­tion of crim­i­nal aliens is more im­por­tant than the pro­tec­tion of law-abid­ing ci­ti­zens and of the rule of law. - At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions (left)

is re­leased from jail af­ter serv­ing time.

“Ju­ris­dic­tions that adopt so­called ‘sanc­tu­ary poli­cies’ also adopt the view that the pro­tec­tion of crim­i­nal aliens is more im­por­tant than the pro­tec­tion of law-abid­ing ci­ti­zens and of the rule of law,” At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions said in a state­ment to The Post.

If the city doesn’t sat­isfy the DOJ, lo­cal tax­pay­ers would have to re­pay the feds $4.3 mil­lion in Ed­ward Byrne Memo­rial Jus­tice As­sis­tance Grant money the city re­ceived in 2016.

The grant — named for an NYPD of­fi­cer slain in the line of duty in 1988 — pro­vides money for anti-crime and anti-ter­ror ini­tia­tives, as well as for pros­e­cu­tion and in­di­gent de­fense.

It is con­tin­gent on cities agree­ing to share in­for­ma­tion with the fed­eral govern­ment on in­di­vid­u­als’ im­mi­gra­tion sta­tuses, while pro­vid­ing 48-hour no­tice be­fore re­leas­ing un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants be­ing held as crim­i­nal sus­pects, the feds say.

New Or­leans, Philadel­phia, Cook County, Ill., and its largest city, Chicago, re­ceived sim­i­lar let­ters.

Fu­ture fed­eral grants from the Jus­tice Depart­ment could also be im­per­iled.

But Chicago won a pre­lim­i­nary junc­tion that blocks the feds from tak­ing such ac­tion for now.

Mayor de Bla­sio is also gear­ing up for a le­gal show­down with the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“We are fully in com­pli­ance with the law,” de Bla­sio said Thurs­day.

“The NYPD de­serves the an­titer­ror­ism fund­ing they’ve got­ten from the fed­eral govern­ment. And if Pres­i­dent Trump stops our fund­ing for the NYPD, we will see the pres­i­dent in court. It’s as sim­ple as that.”

Trump signed an ex­ec­u­tive or­der on Jan. 25 in­struct­ing the DOJ to re­view whether cities com­plied with fed­eral im­mi­gra­tion laws, and the Jus­tice Depart­ment warned in April that it was in­ves­ti­gat­ing New York City.

The city’s laws per­mit the NYPD to help the feds de­port per­pe­tra­tors — but only those con­victed of cer­tain crimes. The de Bla­sio ad­min­is­tra­tion has com­piled a list of 170 felonies, but crit­ics say it’s not enough.

Other law-en­force­ment grants the city re­ceives from the Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity are not un­der threat, ac­cord­ing to po­lice sources.

TWO WEEKS OR ELSE: US At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions says Mayor de Bla­sio’s ad­min­is­tra­tion must share info on il­le­gal im­mi­grants or the city will have to pay back a $4.3 mil­lion grant.

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