Chicago sues Trump administration

Alicia Cross
August 8, 2017

According to a report from CNN, the city, through the office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, called the Trump administration policies "misguided" and said that they would be challenging the new guidelines to ensure that the safety of Chicago's residents was not threatened. "Chicago will not let our residents have their fundamental rights isolated and violated".

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Emanuel's latest effort to cite his pro-immigration bona fides came during a rare Sunday news conference at City Hall, alongside Corporation Counsel Edward Siskel, police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and a multiracial group of officeholders.

However, Emanuel said the conditions placed on applications for the Byrne Grant - due September 5 - amount to a "camel's nose under the tent", and if successful would certainly lead to additional punitive actions against sanctuary cities like Chicago.

The governor made the comments during an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd that will air Sunday on "Meet the Press".

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The Justice Department responded to the announcement of the lawsuit saying "it's tragic the mayor is less concerned with violence than he is with spending time and taxpayer money protecting criminal aliens". "The city of Chicago can not under the law and the under the Constitution be forced to make a choice between either sacrificing critical grant funds for public safety or agreeing to conditions that directly violate the Constitution and our Welcoming City Ordinance", said Edward Siskel, City of Chicago Corporation Counsel. The lawsuit contends, among other arguments, that the federal government can not "commandeer local law enforcement" to enforce federal immigration law. Chicago, a regular target of Republican President Donald Trump because of its murder rate, expected to receive $3.2 million this year that it planned to devote mostly to police vehicles.

Sessions stated that the DOJ will prevent federal grants from "sanctuary cities' such as Chicago, cities that refuse to cooperate with immigration authorities and provide shelter to illegal immigrants in their territory".

The Trump administration argues such actions put law enforcement officers at risk and protects repeat offenders who could have been deported after their first arrest.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is threatening to curtail safety grant funds for all cities that fail to provide "unlimited access" to their jails by federal immigration authorities and/or to notify such authorities 48 hours prior to the release of alleged immigration law violators. "He's brought discipline, no doubt, to that effort", Emanuel said.

The mayor said the city won't be "blackmailed" into changing its values as a welcoming city. Chicago had 50 more homicides than NY and Los Angeles combined through mid-June, even though it is far less populous than both.

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