Statement by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Re: Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Threats to Withhold Funding from Sanctuary Cities

“It’s sad but not surprising that once again, the Trump Administration has chosen fear mongering over facts. The truth is, New York is the safest big city in the nation precisely because we protect and support our immigrant communities. Jeff Sessions’ ridiculous comments to the contrary are dangerously out of touch and do a disservice to our City and our entire country. While the Trump Administration continues to try and intimidate sanctuary city strongholds like New York, the City Council will continue to stand strong, protect our immigrant communities, and ensure our City remains a welcoming place for all New Yorkers.”