Chicago to ask judge to halt to Trump policy


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.

Last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said local governments would lose the money if they do not give advance notice when immigrants in the country illegally are about to be released from custody.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has taken his fight against President Donald Trump's immigration policies to court, with Chicago becoming one of the first cities Monday to sue the government over what many USA cities argue are illegal bids to withhold public safety grants from so-called sanctuary cities.

Georgetown University Law Professor Paul Rothstein says Trump should take his case to Capitol Hill.

Sanctuary cities, in general, offer undocumented immigrants safe haven by declining to use municipal resources to enforce federal immigration laws.

Professor Rothstein was a guest on McIntyre in the Morning. Its latest? The Justice Department plans to deny it law-enforcement grants over its government's refusal to enforce federal immigration law. Chicago has adopted sanctuary policies since 1985 and successive city councils have confirmed or expanded the protections.

The city of Chicago has plenty of problems.

Defenders of similar policies claim that they make cities safer, arguing that unauthorized individuals are more willing to report crimes and emergencies if they don't fear being deported.

Chicago received over $2 million in such grants previous year, which have been used for buying police vehicles and other things.

A federal judge in California granted a preliminary injunction in April halting the order's enforcement.

The group also links to a Fran Spielman story in the Sun-Times, which recounts Emanuel emailing high-profile news folk about his support of immigration, "to shore up a national media image" after he was left toxic in the wake of the Laquan McDonald scandal.

The city is suing the Department of Justice over its threats to withhold Byrne Justice Assistance Grants from sanctuary cities, such as Chicago.

The city prohibits police from providing federal Immigration and Customs officials access to people in police custody, unless they are wanted on a criminal warrant or have serious criminal convictions. "And as those decades of experience show, that kind of trust, once lost, is lost forever".

"We're saying we are a sanctuary city and need this money, and in actuality what we're doing is over-policing and criminalizing our communities", said Analia Rodriguez, executive director of the Latino Union of Chicago, an immigrants' rights group.

Reacting to the lawsuit filed by Chicago's Mayor, the Justice Department (DoJ) said that previous year more people were killed in Chicago than NY and Los Angeles combined and alleged that the Mayor was protecting criminal aliens and putting the city's law enforcement at greater risk.

"But that's just what Chicago needs: a recommitment to the rule of law and to policies that rollback the culture of lawlessness that has beset the city", Sessions said. But some of the localities remained defiant, despite risking the loss of funds that police agencies use to pay for everything from body cameras to bulletproof vests.