"An attack on one of our cities - mayors who are following the U.S. Constitution - is an attack on all of us, so I will not be attending the meeting", New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, president of the mayors conference, told reporters.
Several prominent mayors pulled out of a meeting Wednesday with President Donald Trump in response to a move by the Justice Department to pressure sanctuary cities to comply with federal immigration demands.
As for the letters being sent to 23 sanctuary cities, Hartford has not received that letter.
Trump spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the White House has been clear that it doesn't support sanctuary cities and supports enforcing and following the law.
Last week, following the release of Trump's physical exam results, de Blasio questioned the president's mental fitness, telling "Morning Joe" on MSNBC, "I hope he is sane". "Protecting criminal aliens from federal immigration authorities defies common sense and undermines the rule of law". "It is contrary to public safety, it's contrary to the values of our nation, and it's contrary to the ideals and the law as we established", he said.
The department warned that if the jurisdictions refused to cooperate this time, they could face subpoenas. "I'm sure I'll get a request down the road to help the City of NY secure federal assistance, and these unproductive antics don't make my job any easier". But let me tell you, the vast majority have shown up.
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The DOJ is seeking records from 23 sanctuary cities - including NY - to assess whether the cities are illegally withholding information from immigration authorities, Reuters reported Wednesday.
At a later press conference, de Blasio said he felt the timing of the DOJ letter and the mayor's meeting "was a charade" and that he came to Washington to "have a serious meeting". "But an attack on mayors who lead welcoming cities is an attack on everyone in our conference". 'I will not be attending that meeting'.
They believe the Trump administration is overstepping its authority. Uh oh. Can't be a sanctuary city person.
The Justice Department has threatened subpoenas to roughly two dozen jurisdictions if they don't hand over documents showing they aren't withholding information about the citizenship or immigration status of people in custody. These threats are blatant attempts to distract the American people from the real news, namely that the Mueller investigation is turning up the heat on a dysfunctional presidency.
President Trump speaks to a gathering of mayors in the East Room of the White House Wednesday.
The Vice President also discussed the administration's desire to bring a "servant's attitude" to federal policy, encouraging mayors not to hesitate to ask for federal help.