- Associated Press - Saturday, August 19, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Albuquerque police chief has responded to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ threat to not give the city federal resources due to its detainment practices.

Chief Gorden Eden wrote in a letter to Sessions that the city plans to participate in the U.S. Department of Justice program aimed at reducing crime, which Sessions threatened to exclude Albuquerque from, calling it a sanctuary city for people who are illegally in the country.

The Albuquerque Journal reported (https://bit.ly/2xeaZuQ ) Friday that Eden denied being the chief of a sanctuary city.

Sessions called Albuquerque, Baltimore, Stockton and San Bernardino sanctuary cities and threatened to not let them participate in a new federal crime-fighting assistance program launched in June unless officials proved they were complying with federal directives regarding the detainment of foreign nationals arrested for crimes.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, https://www.abqjournal.com

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