Chicago to sue Department of Justice following immigration scandal

Chicago set to become first city in U.S. to sue Trump administration over immigration policies

Chicago set to become first city in U.S. to sue Trump administration over immigration policies

That request for a preliminary injunction could be made within days.

The city of Chicago is planning to file a lawsuit over new federal grant provisions targeting "sanctuary cities", claiming that they violate the Constitution.

Although Chicago stands to lose a relatively small $3.2 million public-safety grant that it uses for police equipment، Emanuel said he would still sue the administration. Essentially what the Justice Department is doing is trying to punish cities they believe are not cooperating with federal immigration officials and they are doing so by tying grant money to specific conditions that would force that cooperation.

Those grant amounts of money are relatively small, but Chicago leaders say they fear more impactful restrictions could be coming and so they hope to establish in court that such government measures are illegal.

Chicago is in compliance with federal law that bars local governments from restricting the sharing of immigration status with federal immigration agents, the suit says.

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Under the new instructions، police departments are required to inform federal officials of an illegal immigrant's release at least 48 hours in advance.

"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. He has argued that the policy makes everyone safer.

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Mr. Emanuel said the Trump administration was asking Chicago "to choose between our core values as a welcoming city and our fundamental principles of community policing". Few if any existing grants have explicit conditions related to providing sanctuary.

The Justice Department will have an opportunity to respond to Chicago's lawsuit, but in the meantime pushed back against Emanuel's assertions earlier Monday.

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"We're going to act immediately", Emanuel said, "to make sure that there's a ruling by the court, as there's been on other issues as relates to immigration and refugee policies - where the court has basically stopped the Trump administration in its tracks".

Moreover, since the order provides for funds to be cut off only to "jurisdictions that willfully refuse to comply with 8 U.S.C. 1373", it's not clear if it would even apply to most sanctuary cities since they do not prohibit, much less "willfully prohibit", employees from providing immigration information.

"Chicago will not be blackmailed into changing our values، and we are and will remain a welcoming city،" Emanuel said.

The lawsuit came almost two weeks after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Justice Department would bar cities from the Byrne program unless they allowed immigration authorities unlimited access to local jails and give the 48 hours pre-release notice.

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