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Chicago to file suit against Trump's immigration policies

Chicago to file suit against Trump's immigration policies

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Sunday trickled out some new details about the city's impending lawsuit against President Donald Trump's Department of Justice as part of a dayslong rollout of the mayor's latest effort to counter the administration's immigration policies.

The mayor said Chicago won't "be blackmailed into changing our values, and we are and will remain a welcoming City". In the past, the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) also threatened to file suit against the Trump Administration over its much-debated immigration policy.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, said the federal policies force the nation's third largest city to choose between its constitutional rights and funding for law enforcement.

"We are filing this suit because the Attorney General does not have the authority to add these requirements to a grant program created by Congress and can not commandeer local law enforcement to carry out federal immigration law functions", said Siskel. Emanuel made it emphatically clear that he will not allow Sessions or other officials of the Trump Administration to violate citizens' "fundamental rights".

Sanctuary cities, including Chicago, have responded that targeting and deporting undocumented immigrants who have not been accused of serious crimes only harms public safety, as migrants become increasingly afraid to report crimes if they do not feel safe contacting local police.

A new set of conditions was added to the grant money application requiring local police departments to assist in federal immigration actions. Corporation Counsel said they hope to get an injunction that would prevent these new requirements from taking effect before the September 5 deadline to apply for those funds. Chicago had 50 more homicides than NY and Los Angeles combined through mid-June, even though it is far less populous than both.

That programme provides money to hundreds of cities and Chicago expected to receive $3.2 million for purchasing equipment. The money would mostly be used to buy police vehicles.

"We need people to work with our officers and trust our officers", Emanuel said.

More specifically, federal law does not require cities to honor so-called detainer requests from federal immigration authorities, he notes.

Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson joined Siskel and Emanuel at a news conference announcing the lawsuit.

"If you let it stand, then it actually begins to not be challenged and this is one of many things that the Trump administration has been very clear that they've narrowed the focus, but this is the camel's nose under the tent", said Mayor Emanuel.

The Justice Department did not immediately comment on Sunday. Additionally, many of these agencies have kept ICE agents from entering local jails to interview suspects.

The lawsuit is centered around the FY2017 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant, or JAG, which provides federal funding to support local law enforcement efforts.



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