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Mayors to meet with DHS Secretary John Kelly amid 'sanctuary city' debate

As the debate over sanctuary cities rages on, a handful of mayors is scheduled to meet with Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

The closed-door meeting comes on the heels of Attorney General Jeff Sessions taking direct aim at sanctuary jurisdictions earlier in the week.

The former Senator on Monday threatened to pull funding for any state and local governments refusing to comply with federal immigration laws. Sessions also noted that the Justice Department is set to dole out $4.1 billion in grants this year — and he said he will take steps to "claw back" that money.

In response, mayors from the U.S. Conference of Mayors — including leaders of cities deemed sanctuary — will join a handful of police chiefs in discussing the issues surrounding such jurisdictions and the federal government's recent actions.

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