Published: Sat, April 01, 2017
USA | By Cassandra Hanson

Seattle sues Trump administration over sanctuary city orders

The city of Seattle has filed suit to clarify an executive order signed by President Trump that would end funding for so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to comply with federal immigration officials.

The executive order would punish cities and communities that refuse to cooperate with these federal efforts to find and deport immigrants living in the USA illegally, a method that Seattle Mayor Ed Murray strongly denounced. 8799, threatened to strip federal funding from cities that refused to assist the federal government in immigration enforcement and was reiterated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' statements Monday that local jurisdictions may have Department of Justice funds pulled if they fail to cooperate with federal authorities in enforcing immigration policy may have been the straw that broke the camel's back, though Murray has voiced Seattle's defiance since the order was issued. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

In its lawsuit, Seattle is also asking a judge to rule on whether the executive branch is in breach of the 10th Amendment, which limits the government's power to commandeer state entities to enforce federal regulations. The order says sanctuary jurisdictions "willfully violate federal law in an attempt to shield aliens from removal from the United States". How can any city expect to receive federal money when it declares that it will actively oppose federal law enforcement and behaves accordingly?

"As we continue to ensure that monies that go for law enforcement only go to cities who are participating in an effective, collegial, cooperative way with the federal government, that that would also send a message".

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Rep. Jayapal believes the courts are unlikely to uphold Sessions' threat to cut billions of dollars of federal grants and aid to sanctuary cities.

"Apparently, the Trump Administration, their war on facts has now become a war on cities". "We will remain a city welcoming of immigrants who have helped make our city the safest big city in the nation", de Blasio said.

Following Sessions comments, next Monday and Tuesday New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan, Bronx) and Local Progress, a national network of legislators focused on progressive policies, will lead a National Conference on Sanctuary Cities. "We value civil rights, we value the courts and we value the Constitution". During his weekly broadcast on NY1 he said the administration's threat was simple posturing. Sometimes, local jails will decline to honor U.S. Department of Homeland Security "detainer requests".

Cities could miss out on grants that pay for an array of policing programs, including crime lab technology, crime prevention efforts, equipment and other services. "The administration has created fear among immigrants".

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