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Federal judge rules Trump administration can not withhold grants from 'sanctuary cities'

Federal judge rules Trump administration can not withhold grants from 'sanctuary cities'

He said the city had shown a "likelihood of success" in arguing that Sessions exceeded his authority with the new conditions.

The decision marks the latest in a swift turn of events.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the ruling "means essential resources for public safety will not come with unlawful strings attached, and the Trump justice department can not continue to coerce us into violating and abandoning our values".

"It means essential resources for public safety will not come with unlawful strings attached, and the Trump justice department can not continue to coerce us into violating and abandoning our values", Emanuel said.

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"The ruling further frustrates an administration mired in litigation over immigration policy since Trump took office in January". Trump later adopted a softer tone toward the 800,000 immigrants protected by DACA, telling them not to worry about being deported. Earlier this month, Sessions announced that the administration would end a program that protects young immigrants who were brought to the USA illegally as children or came with families who overstayed their visas.

Let's be clear what the city of Chicago and other sanctuary cities are fighting so hard for.

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

Attorney General Jeff Sessions during a press conference. Philadelphia, San Francisco, and California have filed suits similar to Chicago's. If left and right weren't talking past each other to score political points, they might even agree on a policy that protects the public and states' rights. "This is astounding given the unprecedented crime surge in Chicago, with the number of murders in 2016 surpassing both NY and Los Angeles combined". 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.

But that approach isn't seeing much sympathy in court.

Judge Leinenweber agreed, writing, "The harm to the city's relationship with the immigrant community if it should accede to the conditions is irreparable". Total funding for such grants this year was $383.5 million, according to the Justice Department.

The Justice Department swiftly fired back over the ruling, signaling that federal officials would continue to fight cities over their immigration policies.

The upshot of the ruling is that, for the time being at least, the administration is barred from pulling funding from so-called sanctuary cities, a label typically applied to places where local police departments do not attempt to enforce immigration law when dealing with potentially undocumented immigrants in their communities. The Chicago judge found Sessions to be exceeding his authority particularly when it comes to the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program.

The preliminary injunction issued by a United States district judge was in response to a legal challenge brought by Chicago, the third-largest city in the US.


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