Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Federal Court Says Trump Administration Can't Deny Funds To Sanctuary Cities

Federal Court Says Trump Administration Can't Deny Funds To Sanctuary Cities

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel applauded the federal judge's decision on barring the U.S. Justice Department from denying public-safety grants to so-called sanctuary cities at a City Hall.

U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber on Friday granted Chicago's request for a temporary "nationwide" injunction.

"It means essential resources for public safety will not come with unlawful strings attached", Mr. Emanuel said, "and the Trump Justice Department can not continue to coerce us into violating and abandoning our values". The government threatened cut off some of their federal funding but Friday a judge sided with the cities and not the government.

"To a degree perhaps unsurpassed by any other jurisdiction, the political leadership of Chicago has chosen deliberately and intentionally to adopt a policy that obstructs this country's lawful immigration system", Sessions added, according to Bloomberg.

"The harm to the city's relationship with the immigrant community, if it should accede to the conditions, is irreparable", Leinenweber wrote.

Chicago sued Sessions last month over new conditions tied to the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant.

There are very good reasons why many metropolitan police departments refuse to get involved in checking and enforcing people's immigration statuses, the main one being the downward pressure it exerts on the undocumented.

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The ruling has the power to impact at least seven cities and counties, as well as the state of California, that have defied the Justice Departments' new rules. Cautioning that the Justice Department's approach could cause "irreparable harm", he also pointed to concerns over mistrust between the public and law enforcement. "The city's leaders can not follow some laws and ignore others and reasonably expect this horrific situation to improve".

Let's be clear what the city of Chicago and other sanctuary cities are fighting so hard for.

They have also assumed executive authority by controlling the budget and deciding which cities can receive federal funds. You would think that legal immigrants would be up in arms about this policy, but this is not the case.

The judge's opinion temporarily blocks the DOJ program while the lawsuit plays out in court and claims Sessions doesn't have the authority to implement the policy.

If Trump sticks to that position, experts say it could sap Democrats' support for Wednesday's tentative agreement between Trump and the top two Democrats in Congress to seek a law giving legal status to roughly 800,000 mostly young illegal aliens brought to the country as children.

In his injunction, Leinenweber found the city likely to prevail on the merits of its argument once the case is considered in its entirety.

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