Federal Judge Blocks Sessions' Move to Punish Sanctuary Cities

Federal Judge Blocks Sessions' Move to Punish Sanctuary Cities

A federal judge issued a ruling Friday that blocks the Justice Department from requiring cities to cooperate with federal immigration authorities in order to be considered eligible for federal law enforcement grants.

15, 2017, he called a court ruling against the U.S. Justice Department's efforts against sanctuary cities a win for the city of Chicago, as well as other cities, counties and states around the country. That's a big blow to Sessions, who has been talking largely about crippling sanctuary cities defiance by cutting them off from Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants. This month, he announced that the administration would end a program that protects young immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children or came with families who overstayed their visas. Trump later adopted a softer tone toward the 800,000 immigrants protected by DACA, telling them not to worry about being deported.

"The court finds that the city has established that it would suffer irreparable harm if a preliminary injunction is not entered", Leinenweber added, according to Bloomberg.

There are very good reasons why many metropolitan police departments refuse to get involved in checking and enforcing people's immigration statuses, the main one being the downward pressure it exerts on the undocumented.

Let's be clear what the city of Chicago and other sanctuary cities are fighting so hard for.

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel applauded the federal judge's decision on barring the U.S. Justice.

The rules at issue would have required police to provide the Department of Homeland Security with unlimited access to police stations to interrogate arrested civilians and give the least 48 hours' notice before releasing anyone suspected of immigration violations.

Dozens of cities have taken a stance on deportation enforcement similar to Chicago's including New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and New Orleans. Here, we follow binding Supreme Court precedent and the persuasive authority of the Second Circuit, neither of which elevates federalism to the degree urged by the City here. Leinenweber's 41-page opinion argued that Sessions likely exceeded his legal authority with his threats.

A spokesman for the Department of Justice disagreed. The injunction applies to cities nationwide. Cautioning that the Justice Department's approach could cause "irreparable harm", he also pointed to concerns over mistrust between the public and law enforcement.

They have also assumed executive authority by controlling the budget and deciding which cities can receive federal funds.