The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating a Colorado sanctuary city’s efforts to shield its wealthy residents from deportation.
A U.N. report found that sanctuary cities were failing to adequately protect immigrants from violence and crime.
The report is expected to be released this week.
The city of El Paso, Texas, was also named in the report.
A federal judge has already ordered the city to stop funding the sanctuary city program, and it has appealed.
The federal lawsuit says El Paso is failing to meet a requirement of the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown to provide “detained aliens” a place to live.
The lawsuit is the latest in a wave of lawsuits by cities and towns across the country against sanctuary cities.
said the programs in El Paso and New York are “sanctuary” because they do not allow undocumented immigrants to remain in their jurisdictions, or they don’t allow them to participate in government services or receive government benefits.
The sanctuary cities are often based in the states’ border towns.
The mayors say they are there to protect residents from criminals and threats to public safety, but some local officials argue they have little or no control over immigration laws.
El Paso Mayor Joe Garcia said in a statement Friday that he is “devastated” by the news and plans to meet with U.K. Attorney General Theresa May.
May’s office said in an email that the U.KS. government is “aware of the lawsuit and we will vigorously defend the city against the allegations.”
El Paso was named in a U.U. report on the conditions of immigrant residents in sanctuary cities in March 2017.
The researchers said the program has failed to reduce crime or provide public services, despite claims to the contrary by El Paso’s mayor and other city officials.
El Rio de Janeiro is also suing El Paso for its policies.
The state’s attorney general, José Vicente Sánchez, said in March that the lawsuit was not credible.
The judge also said the lawsuit failed to provide a detailed description of El Rio’s policies.