Chicago scores legal victory in sanctuary city battle with Sessions

  • Chicago scores legal victory in sanctuary city battle with Sessions

Chicago scores legal victory in sanctuary city battle with Sessions

"The harm to the city's relationship with the immigrant community, if it should accede to the conditions, is irreparable", Leinenweber wrote.

In July, announcing the new policy, Sessions claimed: "So-called "sanctuary" policies make all of us less safe because they intentionally undermine our laws and protect illegal aliens who have committed crimes". Sessions wanted local authorities to detain people in this country illegally for 48 hours, so immigration agents could apprehend them, and allow agents into local jails.

Forcing reluctant cities to help round up undocumented immigrants was a key component of the president's campaign vow to rid the USA of "bad hombres" entering from Mexico.

The ruling is the latest in the back-and-forth between the Trump administration and cities and states challenging his immigration actions.

The judge's opinion temporarily blocks the DOJ program while the lawsuit plays out in court and claims Sessions doesn't have the authority to implement the policy.

Federal records show the Justice Department doled out $1 billion in Byrne JAG money to state governments, $430 million to nonprofits and $136 million directly to cities and counties a year ago.

Though the $1.5 million is just a tiny fraction of the city's budget, the ruling could be a major victory for a city that has been in a public fight with Sessions.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel hailed Friday's decision at a City Hall news conference as "an affirmation of the rule of law".

A federal judge in Chicago has ruled that the Trump administration may not withhold public-safety grants to so-called sanctuary cities.

Dozens of cities have taken a stance on deportation enforcement similar to Chicago's including New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and New Orleans.

Rules imposed by Sessions would make local authorities cooperate with federal immigration agents.


The directive also prohibits officials from disclosing a person's immigration status to federal authorities, except in certain situations such as a law enforcement investigation.

Practically speaking, the order means that state police troopers or officers with other state law enforcement agencies will not be allowed to question a crime victim or a witness about his citizenship or residency.

What's the Trump administration's response to all this?

"As sheriff, part of my job is enforcing our constitution and the law, regardless of what cheap political points Albany politicians are looking to score", Howard, a Republican, said in a statement. Cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, has historically served to divide law enforcement and the public, driving a wedge between police and many communities. You would think that legal immigrants would be up in arms about this policy, but this is not the case.