Federal Court Says Trump Administration Can't Deny Funds To Sanctuary Cities

Another Federal Judge Smacks Down Another Trump Administration Policy – This Time on Sanctuary Cities

The ruling has the power to impact at least seven cities and counties, as well as the state of California, that have defied the Justice Departments' new rules.

The Justice Department did get one win, however.

The DOJ announced in July that cities requesting the grant money for local law enforcement would have to "comply with federal law, allow federal immigration access to detention facilities, and provide 48 hours notice before they release an illegal alien wanted by federal authorities".

Though $1.5 million is a fraction of Chicago's budget, the ruling is seen as a big victory in the city's public fight with Sessions.

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

The city argued that it would suffer "irreparable harm" if it lost the funds that are earmarked to expand the city's use of "ShotSpotter " technology to detect when someone fires a gun. Here, we follow binding Supreme Court precedent and the persuasive authority of the Second Circuit, neither of which elevates federalism to the degree urged by the City here. The decision issued Friday is a setback to the administration's efforts to force local jurisdictions to help federal authorities crack down on illegal immigration. The City has shown a likelihood of success on the merits as to these conditions.

The ruling is another blow to Sessions, a longtime champion of tougher immigration laws.

"The harm to the city's relationship with the immigrant community, if it should accede to the conditions, is irreparable", Leinenweber wrote. The Trump administration, on the other hand, has accused sanctuary cities of putting politics over public safety. Throughout his presidential campaign, he vowed to pull federal funding from such cities unless they began cooperating and collaborating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to facilitate deportations.

Yes, it really is that simple.

Of course, the legal battle is just starting and could continue for months here in Chicago and on appeal.

Trump wrote on Twitter that a new immigration bill cannot include "chain migration", a term that advocates of limiting immigrants use to describe how new US citizens can sponsor family members in obtaining legal status.

The judge said it was likely Attorney General Jeff Sessions had overstepped his authority with the order.

"As Washington squabbles over rolling back sensible immigration policy, we are taking action to help protect all New Yorkers from unwarranted targeting by government", Cuomo said in a statement accompanying his order.

No doubt some of these judges will order up crowns to wear in order to better reflect their exalted position.

The move was a significant escalation in the Trump administration's approach to sanctuary jurisdictions, which typically refuse to honor federal requests to detain immigrants in jails past their scheduled release dates unless the requests are accompanied by a judicial warrant.

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