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Mayors Boycott White House Meeting After Immigration Demand

  • NYC Democrat Bill de Blasio calls president’s policies racist
  • Landrieu says administration plan would ‘demonize immigrants’
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Mayors including New York’s Bill de Blasio and New Orleans’s Mitch Landrieu backed out of a White House meeting on infrastructure with President Donald Trump in protest at the administration’s immigration policies and pressure on "sanctuary cities” that limit their cooperation with federal authorities.

Landrieu, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, said in a statement on behalf of the the organization that the Wednesday afternoon event had become “untenable” after the Justice Department demanded that almost two dozen cities, counties and states -- from New York City to California -- prove that they’re sharing information with federal authorities about people who are in the country illegally.