Sanctuary Cities Face Justice Department Threat
January 25, 2018
Justice department threatens to subpoena sanctuary cities in funding battle; Jobless claims under projected figures.
- Justice department threatens to subpoena sanctuary cities in funding battle. Wednesday afternoon the Justice Department sent letters to 23 cities, counties and states threatening they turn over all record of sanctuary city practices, or face subpoenas and, eventually, legal action designed to recover federal funding. Jurisdictions that received the letters included the states of California, Illinois and Oregon, as well as New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Denver. The funding fight centers around 380 million disbursed under the Byrne/JAG program in 2016, and whether jurisdictions who received those grants also broke a stipulation that requires they not interfere with employees’ ability to communicate with federal authorities about undocumented immigrants. Federal judges have issued an injunction preventing the justice department from adding additional stipulations to grant funding, but do not prohibit the DOJ from enforcing current policies. [Politico]
Economic Indicators & News
- Jobless claims under projected figures. The number of Americans filing for unemployment last week was just 233,000, higher than the previous week’s figures but still lower than expected. The number of claims increased from the previous week by 17,000, but overall conditions still point to a tightening labor market. [CNBC]