County Executive Abele Statement on DOJ Letter
"We are in compliance with the law and will share the required legal opinion by the date requested."
“As with all federal grants we receive, we take very seriously compliance with all relevant laws. The Byrne grants are no exception. We are in compliance with the law and will share the required legal opinion by the date requested.
“More broadly, the fact that concern by the Department of Justice was communicated via press release, rather than a direct inquiry as typically happens in the professional relationships we have with other federal agencies, is a departure from past practice, the value of which is unclear.
“What is clear, however, is that the implication in their release that “many of these jurisdictions are also crumbling under the weight of illegal immigration and violent crime” is neither accurate nor productive. What is happening in Milwaukee is that homelessness and unemployment rates are down. Access to healthcare and transit is up and we have a booming downtown.
“Milwaukee County has its challenges but they are not caused by illegal immigration. My far greater concern is the proactive dissemination of misinformation, fear, and intolerance.”
Recent Press Releases by County Executive Chris Abele
With sub-zero temperatures on the way, Milwaukee County helps keep homes warm with Energy AssistanceDec 12th, 2017 by County Executive Chris Abele
Eligible homeowners and renters use Energy Assistance to save on energy costs
Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division’s Nurse Recruitment Campaign receives international awardDec 8th, 2017 by County Executive Chris Abele
Campaign challenges nurses who “have what it takes” to apply to be mental health nurses
Board's $15 Million Budget Cut Includes $200,000 Reduction in Funding for Homeless Shelters