Author: Yucel (u-jel) Ors

How to Help Cities Impacted by Hurricane Florence

As the Hurricane Florence response and recovery effort continues in the Carolinas and Virginia, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued an advisory that allows states to send support through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). EMAC is a national interstate mutual aid agreement that enables states and local governments to share resources during

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Trump Administration Holds Law Enforcement Funding Hostage Over “Sanctuary” Issues

This week, despite continued urging by the National League of Cities and others, the Department of Justice (DOJ) is continuing to delay the disbursement of Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) funds for 2017. The reason? Those grants have become a bargaining chip in the DOJ’s escalating feud with so-called “sanctuary cities”. For

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Malicious Russian Cyber Activity is Targeting Government Networks

On April 16, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) released a joint “Technical Alert” about malicious cyber activity carried out by the Russian Government. According to the alert, “[t]he targets of this malicious cyber activity are primarily government and private-sector

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In Letter, Department of Justice Again Challenges “Sanctuary Jurisdictions”

Once again, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has sent letters to 23 jurisdictions (fourteen cities, six counties and three states) demanding proof that each jurisdiction is not restricting the sharing of citizenship or immigration status information by its law enforcement officers or other government officials with federal immigration authorities. The DOJ is accusing these jurisdictions

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Three Major Impacts of Jeff Sessions’ Legal Marijuana Memo

Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo that rescinds the previous administration’s guidance related to the prosecution of federal marijuana laws. The Obama Administration was reacting to state and local decisions to relax their respective marijuana laws. While none of the provisions were enshrined in law, the guidance found in multiple memos previously

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House Passage of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act Threatens Cities

On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a flawed and dangerous bill that will put our cities, law enforcement officials and residents at risk — and make our communities less safe. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R. 38) will force states and municipalities across the country to disregard their laws and allow anyone to

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Legislation Would Allow Tourists to Carry Concealed Weapons in Your City

Consider the following scenario: Tom, who lives in Arizona, plans to take a trip to New York City to see the sites, visit the Statue of Liberty, and walk through Central Park. In Arizona, he can carry a concealed handgun without a permit. When he visits New York City, he plans to bring his weapon

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New Legislation Would Make Local Police Officers Federal Agents

If the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act passes, it could set a dangerous precedent that would allow the federal government to nationalize the police and limit local authority to manage their police departments. Local officials have historically been responsible for managing local police departments in the United States, and officials in more than 19,000 cities

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Is Your City at Risk of Losing Federal Funding?

There are three main questions that cities need to be aware of when dissecting the political rhetoric around sanctuary cities. This April recess, NLC is encouraging city leaders to engage with their members of Congress while they are at home in their districts for two weeks. Don’t let Congress leave America’s cities behind — join

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The Federal Government Needs to Fix the Immigration System — Not Cities

An attempt to shift the federal responsibility of enforcing federal immigration laws to local governments is an unfunded mandate that diverts critical resources from local government programs. This post was co-authored by Yucel Ors and Aileen Carr. On Wednesday, President Donald Trump signed the Executive Order on Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the

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