Chicago To Sue Trump Administration Over DOJ Sanctuary Cities Crackdown

Tuesday, 08 Aug, 2017

President Barack Obama nominated Adegbile to run the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, but Senate Republicans and a handful of Democrats rejected his nomination because he had written a brief arguing that there was racism in the jury selection process for the trial of a man who was convicted of killing a police officer.

In May, the city launched a campaign in response to President Trump's threats to cut off funding for sanctuary cities.

"If the law is ambiguous, we can often clarify it by litigation", Brown said. He has argued that the policy makes everyone safer. The federal government mandates that these agencies provide ICE with notice when they have a potential illegal immigrant in their custody.

Despite many complaints from the administration that sanctuary cities are not honoring detainer requests by ICE, its own report has conceded that such cooperation is not required, and that failure to honor detainer requests can not provide grounds for withholding federal funds.

But it was not immediately clear to some of the cities why they were targeted.

Mayor Emanuel says linking the new requirements to the grant money is unconstitutional and a form of coercing cities into complying with the administration's immigration plans. In fact, Berry said, Immigration and Customs Enforcement staffing at the prison transport center fell in recent years. Two, we don't run a jail. Additionally, many of these agencies have kept ICE agents from entering local jails to interview suspects.

The city of Chicago is plagued by any number of serious problems right now. "Our policies have been very, very consistent over the years".

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.

"That does not mean we don't work with our other federal partners, but that is just not a function of ours", he said. A day earlier Emanuel said Chicago won't "be blackmailed" into changing its values as a welcoming city. He said immigration and policing strategy are unrelated.

"These new conditions also fly in the face of longstanding City policy that promotes cooperation between local law enforcement and immigrant communities, ensures access to essential city services for all residents, and makes all Chicagoans safer", the suit adds. The amount of funding that Chicago would receive from the grant accounts for less than one percent of the city's budget.

A spokesman for the Department of Justice declined to comment. Emanuel's message is viewed as politically advantageous in an overwhelmingly Democratic city with a minimal number of Trump supporters and a significant Latino population.

"It is a vision of terror for families like mine", said Gabriela Hernandez, Southwest Organizer for United We Dream. Among them is Jamie Gorelick, who served as the deputy attorney general, the No. 2 spot at the Justice Department, during the Clinton administration. These cities have some of the highest crime rates in the nation.