AG's Office Gives Local Governments Legal Tools to Help Them Become Sanctuary Cities

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13:  New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman speaks during a press conference at the office of the New York Attorney General, September 13, 2016 in New York City. Schneiderman announced the results of an 'Operation Child Tracker', ongoing investigation into illegal online tracking of children at dozens of the nation's 'most recognizable childrens' websites. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is offering local governments guidance on how they can put laws and policies in place to limit their participation in federal immigration enforcement activities under the Trump administration.

He says public safety depends on trust between law enforcement and communities. The Democrat says no local law enforcement agency should have to put that trust at risk to carry out Republican President-elect Donald Trump's "draconian immigration policies."  The guidance says local New York law enforcement agencies can take several steps. They include refusing to enforce non-judicial civil immigration warrants and denying requests from federal officials to hold onto people in custody who haven't been charged for more than 48 hours.  

The Department of Homeland Security didn't immediately comment.

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