Donald Trump blocked by federal judge in fight over 'sanctuary cities'

Another Federal Judge Smacks Down Another Trump Administration Policy – This Time on Sanctuary Cities

Another Federal Judge Smacks Down Another Trump Administration Policy – This Time on Sanctuary Cities

The city of Chicago argued in court this week that Attorney General Jeff Sessions's threat to withhold Justice Department grants to local authorities that don't cooperate with immigration officials is an.

15, 2017, he called a court ruling against the U.S. Justice Department's efforts against sanctuary cities a win for the city of Chicago, as well as other cities, counties and states around the country.

US Attorney General had said in March that cities failing to enforce immigration laws may be cut off [JURIST report] from Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] grants, and the city of Chicago filed a lawsuit [JURIST report] in August after the DOJ placed restrictions on certain grants.

Judge Harry D. Leinenweber said Chicago had shown a "likelihood of success" in arguing that Sessions exceeded his authority with the new conditions. Sessions responded harshly, saying that the Trump administration wouldn't "simply give away grant money to city governments that proudly violate the rule of law and protect criminal aliens at the expense of public safety".

A federal judge has handed a defeat to Attorney General Jeff Sessions as he looks to punish so-called "sanctuary cities" such as NY. That problem is one officials are well aware of; in states from California to Texas, many cities have moved to adopt policies discouraging law enforcement from enquiring about immigration status, and prioritizing public safety over detention and deportation.

Trump, however, on 14 September expressed sympathy for those protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which offered young illegal immigrants an eventual path to permanent residency and citizenship.

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

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At stake was more than $2 million that Chicago and its neighboring jurisdictions receive from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants.

On Friday, Mr. Emanuel declined to speculate on whether the Trump administration would find another rationale to deny the city the grant - something that has never happened.

Federal records show the Justice Department doled out $1 billion in Byrne JAG money to state governments, $430 million to nonprofits and $136 million directly to cities and counties previous year. The Trump administration, on the other hand, has accused sanctuary cities of putting politics over public safety.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the ruling "means essential resources for public safety will not come with unlawful strings attached, and the Trump justice department can not continue to coerce us into violating and abandoning our values". "This is astounding given the unprecedented violent crime surge in Chicago, with the number of murders in 2016 surpassing both NY and Los Angeles combined".

A spokesman for the Department of Justice disagreed. A judge agreed that the city had a good case and issued the injunction covering the entire country.

But Chicago took the federal government to court and won an injunction.

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