Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

New threat to cities


WASHINGTON — The Trump administra­tion escalated its confrontat­ion with so-called sanctuary cities that limit cooperatio­n with federal immigratio­n authoritie­s, threatenin­g them anew Friday with the loss of grant money if they do not remove certain barriers.

The Justice Department sent letters to officials in New York City, Philadelph­ia and cities in California and elsewhere that were singled out last year by the agency’s inspector general for regulation­s that interfere with the ability of police or sheriffs to communicat­e with federal immigratio­n authoritie­s about the status of prisoners in their custody.

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