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Mayor Defies "Sanctuary Cities" Warning

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Rahm EmmanuelPresident Trump's Administration is giving Chicago one final warning before it may yank millions of dollars in federal policing grants. 

Chicago has until October 27 to prove to the Justice Department that the city's sanctuary policies, such as not asking about immigration status and not holding people in jail for federal immigration officers, isn't hurting the law enforcement effort in the city. 

The DOJ fired off a letter to Chicago and three other major cities on Thursday that threatened to take away millions of dollars in federal grants if the cities don't toe the line on the administration's immigration policy. 

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said at a press conference that he's not afraid of the letter. 

"I totally, 100% reject the false choice of Donald Trump and the Justice Department," the mayor said at a press conference Thursday. "We are not going to be a city that picks between the philosophy of community police and being a welcoming city."

It's still uncertain that Chicago will lose any money. A federal judge last month blocked the Justice Department from withholding grant money because Chicago has a pending lawsuit to save its sanctuary city status.

The Justice Department letter is only focused on Chicago. Illinois is not facing scrutiny over the state's new sanctuary policies. 

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