Jus­tice Depart­ment warns cities on im­mi­gra­tion law

Imperial Valley Press - - OPINION -

The Jus­tice Depart­ment is giv­ing four so­called sanc­tu­ary cities a “last chance” to show they’re not thwart­ing en­force­ment of U.S. im­mi­gra­tion law be­fore pos­si­bly los­ing fed­eral grants that help pay for pub­lic safety equip­ment.

A Thurs­day Jus­tice Depart­ment state­ment names Chicago, New York, Philadel­phia and New Or­leans. They have un­til Oct. 27 to show they are com­ply­ing, in­clud­ing with long­stand­ing fed­eral law that says cities can’t hin­der in­for­ma­tion shar­ing with im­mi­gra­tion agents.

It’s un­clear how the warn­ing could im­pact on­go­ing le­gal bat­tles.

A Chicago fed­eral judge last month im­posed a pre­lim­i­nary in­junc­tion block­ing the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion from ty­ing grants to two new con­di­tions. One is that cities give im­mi­gra­tion agents easy ac­cess to lo­cal jails. The depart­ment has ap­pealed, ar­gu­ing the in­junc­tion shouldn’t ap­ply na­tion­ally but only ap­ply to Chicago.

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