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Other mayors including New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also did not attend Wednesday's meeting at the White House.

Several prominent mayors pulled out of a meeting Wednesday with President Donald Trump in response to a move by the Justice Department to pressure sanctuary cities to comply with federal immigration demands.

The mayors were scheduled to head to the White House on Wednesday for a meeting with Trump on infrastructure. "And people said, 'I don't know if that's a nice thing to say". At the beginning of his term, the president tapped Ben Carson, a conservative pundit and retired pediatric neurosurgeon with no previous experience in housing, urban policy or government, to be secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. "Until that time, mayors of both parties will work together to keep our cities safe, hold this administration accountable to its promises and protect immigrant communities - with or without Washington's help".

The White House called the boycott a political stunt.

At Wednesday's press briefing Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that while the White House would like to work with US mayors on issues like infrastructure, the federal government can't allow individuals to break the law.

New Orleans was not among the 23 municipalities targeted, but New York City and Denver were included.

According to the press release, the objective of the meeting is to discuss the infrastructure needs of the nation's cities, as the White House prepares to release its infrastructure bill.

Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait, a co-chair of the conference's Immigration Reform Task Force, is also a moderator of the panel discussion on immigration. New Haven is among several CT cities that have policies in place to protect immigrants and has identified as a sanctuary city.

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At the scheduled meeting with around 100 USA mayors on Wed, Jan 24, President Trump stated: "As you know the Department of Justice today announced a critical legal step to hold accountable sanctuary cities that violate federal law and free criminal aliens back into our communities".

David said he didn't know what criteria had been used to determine who was invited to the White House - Democratic and Republican mayors were present - but said that fellow NY mayor Gary McCarthy, of Schenectady, hadn't been invited.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu were among a handful of mayors accused by the president of putting the needs of criminal illegal immigrants over "law-abiding Americans" by skipping the planned event Wednesday. John Neely Kennedy and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the New Orleans Police Department's (NOPD) compliance with the feds" latest commands, with Landrieu said confirmed the his repeated assurance that "New Orleans is not a "sanctuary city' and the NOPD's policies have maintained consistent compliance [with the law]".

So-called sanctuary cities, which limit their cooperation with federal immigration enforcement, have increasingly come under fire since President Trump took office.

Ahead of the meeting, though, Fischer slammed the Trump administration's decision to send the letter in the first place. And that is the Department of Justice's job, is do exactly that.

"We would certainly not invite somebody to our home for lunch and then excoriate them on the front porch in front of the entire country", Landrieu said.

"If mayors have a problem with that, they should talk to the Congress, the people that pass the laws".

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