Mayors unite against Trump administration over New York threat

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NEW YORK CITY – Mayors across the country have joined with Bill de Blasio in telling President Donald Trump that his threats to send federal security teams to New York are unconstitutional and unwanted.“What a dangerous precedent it is for the President of the United States to send,” de Blasio said. “If we see these federal agents on our streets, we will see the Trump administration in court.”

De Blasio and dozens of mayors will send a letter formally declaring their objections to the federal intervention to Attorney General William Barr and Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, the mayor said.

An increase in violent crime in the five boroughs prompted Trump’s warning earlier this week, a move by Blasio described as a political coup.

“The president is using this question as an opp photo for his own purposes,” de Blasio said. “None of our cities want this intrusion.”

If federal agents entered New York City, the city would take legal action, said Jim Johnson, the company’s New York attorney.

“We are against it, we do not consent to it, we will fight in court,” Johnson said. “The president invites chaos to an already difficult situation.”

The claim came hours after police cleared an encampment that formed outside City Hall and the city worked to clean up graffiti from the David N. Dinkins municipal building.

De Blasio and Commissioner Dermot Shea both denied that the compensation was linked to threats from Trump, arguing that it was a “health and safety” issue.

“The gathering there was getting smaller and more and more a place for the homeless to congregate,” said de Blasio.

About 50 people were kicked off the lawn, six were summoned and one person was arrested for throwing a brick at a cop’s shield, Shea said.

The mayor urged New Yorkers to complete the 2020 census, which he says only 53% of city dwellers have completed.

De Blasio then switched to asking for federal help, he says the city is in desperate need and the Trump administration has failed to provide: increased testing capacity and financial support to unemployed New Yorkers.

Federal unemployment benefits are set to expire in August, and it remains unclear whether lawmakers in Washington will renew the weekly payments of $ 600.

“We also need support for everyday New Yorkers who are simply strapped for cash,” de Blasio said. “It’s running out… We need a stimulus, we need it fast. “

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