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Chicago Plans To Defend Its Sanctuary City Status With A Fat Lawsuit

Chicago Plans To Defend Its Sanctuary City Status With A Fat Lawsuit

Chicago is the first city to file such a federal lawsuit, and Mayor Emanuel believes others will follow.

The lawsuit is the latest to challenge the Trump administration's attack on illegal immigration. This comes after new regulations would deny the city public safety grants because they are a sanctuary city.

Although the government has admitted in court that its sanctuary city executive order is "toothless", "did not change existing law", "carries no legal force", and was "merely an exercise of the President's bully pulpit", cities should nevertheless fear the order, and many like Miami may change their policies as a result, says Banzhaf, who correctly predicted the judge's action.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel told reporters on Sunday that the city would file the suit, report the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post and the Chicago Sun-Times.

"We're going to act immediately", Emanuel said, "to make sure that there's a ruling by the court, as there's been on other issues as relates to immigration and refugee policies - where the court has basically stopped the Trump administration in its tracks".

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Chicago officials say there are new qualifications for a federal public safety grant requiring cities to share information with federal immigration authorities, which they allege are unconstitutional. "We are asking the court to ensure that we are not forced to either forego critical grant funds or agree to new conditions, which violate the Constitution and our Welcoming City ordinance", he said. The grant to Chicago past year was for $2.33 million for funds that help pay for police equipment. This bill would make good on President Trump's promise to pull all federal funding earmarked for law enforcement in so-called sanctuary cities.

The policies also include a requirement that local law enforcement agencies give federal authorities 48 hours notice before releasing anyone wanted for immigration violations.

The cities of San Francisco and Santa Clara, both in California, already have filed lawsuits challenging the Trump Administration's denial of federal fund allocations due to their status as sanctuary cities.

The city filed a lawsuit Monday against the Justice Department, calling the plan to condition federal law enforcement grants on compliance with immigration law unconstitutional. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is also considering a similar lawsuit, the Sacramento Bee has reported.

Earlier this year, the city and county of San Francisco and the county of Santa Clara, California, won a temporary ban on enforcement of most of Trump's January 25 executive order threatening to withhold funds from localities that don't cooperate.

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"In 2016, more Chicagoans were murdered than in New York City and Los Angeles combined", Spokesman wrote in an email to the Washington Post.

Should they fail to do so, the Justice Department has threatened to pull the $3.2 million in funds the city expects to receive via an Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant.

The ministry of Justice has responded in a press release, accusing Rahm Emanuel of being "least concerned" by the high homicide rates in his city that by "his will to protect foreigners in an irregular situation".

Now, Chicago is mounting a renewed offensive against the Trump administration's threats to cut off federal grants - and the city isn't alone.

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