Chicago Suing Trump Over Sanctuary City Policy

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Chicago will file suit today challenging the Trump administration’s plans to deny federal anticrime funds to sanctuary cities. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the plan violates the Constitution, stymies police efforts and threatens the city’s long history as a place where immigrants have prospered, the Chicago Tribune reports. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ threat to withhold money from the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance grant program from sanctuary cities is not new, but the Justice Department last Thursday released conditions for new grant applications. The conditions include complying with a federal law that bars restrictions on local police sharing immigration status information, providing unlimited police station access to federal officials searching for people in the U.S. illegally and giving federal officials 48 hours’ notice of an arrested person’s release in cases of potential immigration violations.

California Gov. Jerry Brown is backing the idea of his state’s also taking the Trump administration to federal court, Politico reports. Brown told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that, “it might just be very helpful to get into court and resolve this in a judicial forum rather than in the rhetoric of politicians talking past one another.” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is weighing a lawsuit arguing that only Congress, not the federal government, can set the conditions on grant money. California is worried that a program that brought in nearly $17 million to the state this year could be cut off.

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