Chicago on Monday sued to prevent the Trump administration from enforcing new policies that would withhold money from so-called sanctuary cities that deny USA immigration officials access to local jails.
"We are not going to be in a position between picking our values of who we are as a welcoming city and... strengthening our police department،" Emanuel said on radio show on Sunday. Cities and states across the country have sued the Trump administration over a variety of policies, including its ban on travelers from certain majority-Muslim countries, but few if any have had a legal team with as much high-level government experience as this one. Municipalities known as sanctuary cities are those that refuse to cooperate with federal requests to detain and hold noncitizens under arrest on charges unrelated to their immigration status, until immigration enforcement officers can take custody and possibly deport them.
Emanuel described Sessions as using the police officers of Chicago as "political pawns". Chicago will not allow to selectively violate the fundamental rights of our residents. In cities like Chicago, the local police have failed to comply with the federal government. "We are asking the court to ensure that we are not forced to either forego critical grant funds or agree to new conditions, which violate the Constitution and our Welcoming City ordinance". And Siskel maintains that the Justice Department does not have the authority to add requirements to a grant program created by Congress or "commandeer local law enforcement to carry out federal immigration functions".
When asked for comment about the lawsuit Monday, the Department of Justice spokesman directed The Associated Press to Sessions' previous comments, including those saying sanctuary cities threaten safety. A year ago the city received $2.3 million in federal funding to fight its violent gun and homicide epidemic. But Emanuel said the equipment it buys is "needed" and called the effort to pull those grants "the camel's nose under the tent".
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We just hope as a team that we have to embrace this all sessions that we are going to play won't go our way", said Kohli. He won the man of the match award.
Chicago joins a long list of cities that are taking Sessions to court over his anti-immigrant funding requirements. Dozens of local governments and cities, including NY and San Francisco, are part of the sanctuary movement.
"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 said in a statement accompanying the new guidance.
"I think it is a smart lawsuit", said Mr. Villegas, whose ward was the site of a shooting this year involving an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent that raised tensions among residents.
According to the Sacramento Bee, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is likely to file suit against the Justice Department, also because of the Department's mishandling of the Byrne Grants Program funds.