DOJ demands documents from 'Sanctuary Cities'; Mayor Fischer responds

01/24/2018 03:18 PM

WASHINGTON- The Department of Justice sent out letters to 23 jurisdictions with welcoming city ordinances demanding documents that prove they are not unlawfully restricting information sharing by its law enforcement officers with federal immigration authorities.

Louisville Metro, who adopted a welcoming city ordinance in October, was included in the list. The letter also stated that recipients that fail to respond, fail to respond completely or fail to respond in a timely manner will be subject to a subpoena by the Department of Justice.

“I continue to urge all jurisdictions under review to reconsider policies that place the safety of their communities and their residents at risk,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “Protecting criminal aliens from federal immigration authorities defies common sense and undermines the rule of law. We have seen too many examples of the threat to public safety represented by jurisdictions that actively thwart the federal government’s immigration enforcement—enough is enough.”

Mayor Greg Fischer quickly issued a statement upon receiving the letter.

“The Jefferson County Attorney provided the U.S. Department of Justice with a response to its questions about the new city ordinance in December, and received no feedback until moments ago, when the letter from the DOJ arrived. Before accusations are made, we expect a basic level of evidence, which the DOJ has not provided. As outlined in the county attorney’s orginal letter, Louisville is both in compliance with federal law and a welcoming city. We will provide the additional documents sought; a subpoena is an unnecessary threat. Picking fights for political reasons is a disservice to all Louisvillians, Kentuckians and Americans.”

Meanwhile, a new measure has been proposed in the Kentucky House that would take state funding away from Sanctuary cities and universities. House Bill 240 was filed Tuesday by Representative Lynn Bechler, R-Marion. It has yet to be assigned to a committee.

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at


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