Chicago files fed­eral law­suit over sanc­tu­ary cities threat

Cape Breton Post - - World -

CHICAGO — 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 over what many U.S. cities ar­gue are il­le­gal bids to with­hold pub­lic safety grants from so-called sanc­tu­ary cities.

A 46-page law­suit against the gov­ern­ment was filed in U.S. Dis­trict Court in Chicago a day af­ter Emanuel an­nounced the lit­i­ga­tion and said the city won’t ``be black­mailed’’ into changing its val­ues as a city wel­com­ing of im­mi­grants.

It’s the lat­est round in a bat­tle pit­ting sev­eral U.S. cities against the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion. The cities have opted to limit co-op­er­a­tion with gov­ern­ment en­force­ment of im­mi­gra­tion law while fed­eral of­fi­cials threaten to with­hold fund­ing if those cities don’t com­ply.

A first or­der of busi­ness now that Chicago’s suit has been filed will be to ask a judge to put a freeze on the pol­icy as the civil case plays out, said Ed­ward Siskel, the head of City Hall’s le­gal de­part­ment. That re­quest for a pre­lim­i­nary in­junc­tion could be made within days.

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