• Local mayors respond to White House threats to sanctuary cities


    BOSTON - US Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday threatened to cut federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities and states that will not comply with immigration laws.

    The threat, which is not new, applies to major cities such as Los Angeles and Chicago, where policies limit cooperation in enforcing federal immigration laws.

    It's not clear which cities will be targeted and what funds would be taken away.

    Mayors of "sanctuary cities" have remained defiant. Here is how local officials reacted to Sessions' comments:

    'Uphold our American values'

    "Today, we heard from the U.S. attorney general on his plea to sanctuary cities to uphold the law. Well, we have a plea to him too: Uphold the U.S. Constitution, uphold the truth, uphold our American values."

    -- Somerville, Massachusetts, Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone

    All welcome, 'no matter' immigration status

    "We will not be a community where police are part of any "deportation force" or where immigrants are fearful of being torn from their families for minor offenses. We will be a community where all feel welcome and safe, no matter their immigration status."

    -- Newton, Massachusetts, Mayor Setti Warren

    Administration threat 'irresponsible and destructive'

    "The safety and well-being of our residents is, and will continue to be, my top priority as mayor of Boston. The threat of cutting federal funding from cities across the country that aim to foster trusting relationships between their law enforcement and the immigrant community is irresponsible and destructive."

    -- Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh

    Proud to be a 'welcoming community'

    "Cambridge continues to stand proud as an inclusive, diverse, and welcoming community to all whom have come here to make a better life for themselves, and who have sought to participate in the American Dream. Today's statement by Attorney General Sessions does not change that stance."

    -- Cambridge, Massachusetts, Mayor E. Denise Simmons

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