DOJ asks Miami-Dade County mayor for proof that county is not ‘sanctuary’

President Donald Trump's administration has intensified threats to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to comply with federal immigration authorities.

The Justice Department sent letters Friday to nine jurisdictions, including Miami-Dade County, warning it would withhold coveted law enforcement grant money unless they document cooperation.

The letters went to officials in California and in major cities including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and New Orleans -- all places the Justice Department's inspector general has identified as limiting the information local law enforcement can provide to federal immigration authorities about those in their custody.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has warned the administration will punish communities that won't cooperate with efforts to find and deport immigrants in the U.S. illegally.

A spokesman for Miami-Dade County said the county never claimed to be a sanctuary.

Spokesman Mike Hernandez said the policy in question was reversed in February, and the Justice Department will be notified.

February is when county commissioners approved a resolution saying the corrections department will honor all so-called detainers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. That means it will hold people for an extra 48 hours, long enough to be arrested by immigration authorities.

Below is a look at grants made in fiscal year 2016 now targeted by the Justice Department's threat to pull money from communities that don't prove they allow local law enforcement to share information with federal immigration authorities about those in their custody:

CALIFORNIA:  $18,244,126

CHICAGO/COOK COUNTY: $2,333,428

CLARK COUNTY, NEVADA: $975,604

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA: $481,347

MILWAUKEE COUNTY, WISCONSIN: $937,932

ORLEANS PARISH, LOUISIANA: $265,832

NEW YORK CITY: $4,298,245

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA: $1,677,937

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