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Mitch Landrieu cancels White House meeting over sanctuary city threat

New Orleans Democratic Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Photo: Sean Gardner/Getty Images

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D), president of the United States Conference of Mayors, has cancelled his meeting with the White House on Wednesday — joining New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio — after the Justice Department threatens to subpoena 23 so-called sanctuary cites as part of a crackdown.

The background: Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked the municipalities to submit documents showing whether they’re unlawfully withholding information from federal immigration authorities or else they would face subpoenas. Sessions said he's concerned that they're not in compliance with federal immigration law.