NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says he’s skipping a planned meeting with President Donald Trump after the Justice Department put new pressure on cities that don’t cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.
The Democrat had been scheduled to attend a meeting with other mayors at the White House on Wednesday to discuss infrastructure funding.
Instead, he blasted the administration on Twitter , saying it had decided to renew a “racist assault” on immigrant communities.
The White House said it was disappointed that “a number of mayors have chosen to make a political stunt instead of participating in an important discussion.”
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The Justice Department sent letters Wednesday to two dozen so-called “sanctuary cities” demanding that they turn over documents showing they aren’t withholding information about the immigration status of people in custody.