In a message on immigration compliance, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said New York City isn't doing enough to stop crime.
A statement from the Justice Department said, "New York City continues to see gang murder after gang murder, the predictable consequence of the city's 'soft on crime' stance."
But that statement seems to counter New York City's recent crime data. The city had 10 percent fewer murders and 22 percent fewer shootings in the first three months of 2017 than in the first quarter of 2016.
That's part of a steady 85 percent drop in the city's murder rate since 1990.
The NYPD relies on federal funding, and that could be at risk because of a separate issue. The Justice Department could withhold federal funding for law enforcement if it deems New York City isn't cracking down on illegal immigration.