'Sanctuary city' Chicago sues Trump administration
Aug 08 2017
Emanuel made it emphatically clear that he will not allow Sessions or other officials of the Trump Administration to violate citizens' "fundamental rights".
"Chicago will not be blackmailed into changing our values, and we are and will remain a welcoming City", Emanuel said in a statement late Sunday.
Todd gets reaction from Robert Law, Government Relations Director for FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform.
In a letter to Sessions, Republican Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry denied that New Mexico's largest city is a sanctuary for immigrants living in the country illegally and said he has been trying to work with immigration authorities since taking office in 2009.
Emanuel's lawsuit was filed three days after he telegraphed that it was coming during an interview with a veteran radio reporter.
Chicago's lawsuit comes after two counties successfully blocked a January executive order by President Donald Trump that ordered the Justice Department to withhold funding from sanctuary jurisdictions. He said the city is challenging the administration "to ensure that their misguided policies do not threaten the safety of our residents".
"These new conditions - which would give federal officials the power to enter city facilities and interrogate arrestees at will and would force the city to detain individuals longer than justified by probable cause, exclusively to permit federal officials to investigate their immigration status - are unauthorized and unconstitutional", the lawsuit states. And Siskel maintains that the Justice Department does not have the authority to add requirements to a grant program created by Congress or "commandeer local law enforcement to carry out federal immigration functions". ICE requests to be alerted when local police departments release detainees requires that they be held for 48 hours, longer than the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution.
Chicago received over $2 million in such grants past year, which have been used for buying police vehicles. "So the uncle, the grandma, the tio, might be undocumented and imagine what happens when the police show up and ask 'What's your immigration status, ' they have to keep tabs, it's against human rights and people are just not going to call 911", said Ald.
Mayor Emanuel revealed it first to Bill Cameron Friday at a taping of Sunday's "Connected to Chicago".
In that case, even the Justice Department's lawyers acknowledged in court that the department's ability to withhold federal funding from states and local governments is limited to a small number of grants.
The lawsuit is centered around the FY2017 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant, or JAG, which provides federal funding to support local law enforcement efforts.
The Justice Department's spokeswoman responded to Chicago's lawsuit with an especially salty statement.
In general، "sanctuary cities" offer safe harbor to undocumented immigrants and often advance the enforcement of federal immigration laws without municipal funds or resources.