Georgia mayors flood White House as others bail over immigration

Georgia mayors flood White House as others bail over immigration

"An attack on one of our cities" mayors who is following the Constitution is an attack on all of us, ' Landrieu said.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio canceled his White House meeting with President Trump Wednesday in the wake of new federal demands regarding sanctuary cities, of which New York is one. The department is threatening millions in federal grants for those cities that do not comply with the federal laws regarding this matter.

The move came just hours after the Justice Department announced it was demanding a new round of information from 23 states, counties and cities - including some of the country's biggest - on their sanctuary-style policies.

Fresno Mayor Lee Brand was among about 100 people who kept a date at the White House to meet with President Trump and members of his Cabinet on Wednesday.

De Blasio's statement was likely responding to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' threat to subpoena sanctuary cities, such as NY.

The mayor was initially scheduled to meet with Trump at a 3 p.m. closed door session with dozens of other mayors, a gathering that coincides with a two-day meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

"President Trump provided introductory remarks for about 10-15 minutes focused largely on infrastructure and his upcoming visit to Davos and Vice President Pence provided closing remarks of roughly five minutes".

"As long as that is the law, the Department of Justice is going to strongly enforce it". "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.

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Denver Mayor Michael Hancock told us how he really feels about the Department of Justice coming after "sanctuaries" across the country.

"My attitude is, decisions are made by people who show up - whether you agree with something or not", David said. "(Laughter.) That's not possible, is it?", said Trump.

Other Democratic mayors, like New Orleans' Mitch Landrieu, also declined to attend Wednesday's event at the White House, citing the administration's targeting of sanctuary cities.

"I think that's what was missed by those who didn't attend", Fuller said.

Mayors from 1,408 cities with populations of 30,000 or more were invited to attend the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

The department said if these cities, including Chicago and New York City, do not release the information that the subpoenas will be issued.

De Blasio wrote on Twitter that he would boycott the speech because Trump's administration "decided to renew their racist assault on our immigrant communities". Despite their repeated attempts, courts have repeatedly blocked the Justice Department's attempts to crack down on the so-called sanctuary cities. 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. It has also threatened to withhold federal grant dollars.