The non-partisan U.S. Conference of Mayors cancelled its meeting with President Trump after the Department of Justice (DOJ) asked nearly two dozen jurisdictions to show whether their local law enforcement officials were sharing information with immigration authorities.
The DOJ has repeatedly threatened to deny millions of dollars in important grant money to communities that refuse to share information, as part of the Trump administration’s promised crackdown on “sanctuary cities,” or jurisdictions that shield undocumented migrants from federal immigration agencies.
The meeting was intended to bring Trump and the nation’s most prominent mayors together to discuss infrastructure plans. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the administration would “love” to be able to work with these mayors, but added: “The White House has been very clear that we don’t support sanctuary cities.”
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