Chicago to sue Trump administration over sanctuary city funding threat
- Author: Anthony Vega Aug 08, 2017,
Aug 08, 2017, 0:08
Chicago will not allow to selectively violate the fundamental rights of our residents. "And, Chicago will never relinquish our status as a welcoming city".
It remains one of the most overwhelmingly violent cities in America.
However, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in July that cities that do not comply with the Trump administration's policies of aggressively pursuing and deporting undocumented immigrants "make all of us less safe". "The City of Chicago will continue to stand up to President Trump and his Justice Department to ensure that their misguided policies do not threaten the safety of our residents".
And he's likely to get further chances to sound off in the coming week.
The suit - to be filed on Monday - is the latest in legal battles for the Trump administration over sanctuary cities. But officials declined to release the lawsuit wording Sunday despite holding a news conference, leaving some details of the filing still unknown. They say Chicago police officers make no inquiries about immigration status because doing so might fracture residents' trust of the police and discourage those here illegally from reporting crimes or cooperating as witnesses, making the streets more risky. "We will assess our own legal options going forward", she said.
Chicago, and its "Welcoming City" ordinance, is America's highest-profile sanctuary city, and they say that they're prepared to fight back against what Mayor Emanuel described as "blackmail".
The federal government's new rules would tie the grant to requirements that, among other things, cities give federal immigration authorities unlimited access to local police stations to interrogate arrestees, Chicago officials said.
Chicago is planning to sue the Trump administration over its threats to withhold funding from sanctuary cities. Department officials on Friday declined to comment on the mayor's pledge to sue. 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.
Nevertheless, the city maintains it is in compliance with federal immigration laws.
Under the new instructions، police departments are required to inform federal officials of an illegal immigrant's release at least 48 hours in advance.
According to The Guardian, Emanuel went on to say that, if Trump's funding restrictions succeed, it could be used as precedent to set conditions on other federal grants and ultimately exercise control over individual states and cities - something that, if true, would directly contradict Article 1 of the Constitution, which is concerned with the separation of Federal and State powers.
Notwithstanding suggestions to the contrary, no federal law requires - nor can federal law constitutionally require - cities to assist the federal government in enforcing immigration law.
Chicago received about $2.3 million in such grants past year, which have been used for buying police vehicles.