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Chicago to sue Trump administration over sanctuary city funding threat

Monday, August 07, 2017 - 02:04

Another lawsuit is expected to be filed against the Trump administration. This time, it's the city of Chicago, where officials are going after the administration's threats to withhold public safety grant money from so-called sanctuary cities. Nathan Frandino reports.

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The Trump administration's effort to carry out its controversial federal immigration crackdown getting new pushback on Sunday... with the City of Chicago announcing that it will sue U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions over threats to withhold public safety grant money from so-called sanctuary cities. (SOUNDBITE) (English) Ed Siskel, Corporation Counsel for City of Chicago, SAYING: "We are filing this lawsuit in response to the unlawful and unconstitutional conditions that the Department of Justice has recently announced under the fiscal year 2017 Byrne Justice Assistance Grants." That program provides money to hundreds of cities and Chicago expected to receive $3.2 million for purchasing equipment. But a new Justice Department policy requires any recipient to allow immigration authorities unlimited access to local jails... as well as 48 hours' notice before releasing anyone wanted for immigration violations... a requirement Chicago Counsel Ed Siskel says violates the constitution. (SOUNDBITE) (English) Ed Siskel, Corporation Counsel for City of Chicago, SAYING: "In many cases (it) would require detaining individual residents longer than necessary for the sole purpose of providing that 48 hours notice in violation of their Fourth Amendment constitutional rights." Sanctuary cities generally provide safe harbor to illegal immigrants by declining to use city resources to enforce federal immigration laws. Sessions and President Trump both have criticized those cities, saying they make the nation "less safe". Police and officials in those cities have said enforcing federal immigration laws discourages immigrants from coming forward to report crimes. The suit - to be filed on Monday - is the latest in legal battles for the Trump administration over sanctuary cities. Last month, a U.S. judge refused to revisit a court order that blocked Trump's executive order denying broader federal funds to such jurisdictions.

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Chicago to sue Trump administration over sanctuary city funding threat

Monday, August 07, 2017 - 02:04