City sues feds over sanc­tu­ary poli­cies

Jus­tice Depart­ment threat­ened to with­hold pub­lic safety grants

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Michael Tarm and Sophia Tareen

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 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 co­op­er­a­tion 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 law­suit has been filed will be to ask a judge to put a freeze on the pol­icy as the 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.

Chicago has re­ceived the grant funds at the heart of the law­suit since 2005. It spent $33 mil­lion in grants to buy nearly 1,000 po­lice cars in that 12-year pe­riod; it got $2.3 mil­lion last year. Funds also were used for ra­dios and SWAT equip­ment.

Chicago’s law­suit fo­cuses on new con­di­tions set by At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions for ci­ties to qual­ify for grant money. They in­clude shar­ing im­mi­gra­tion-sta­tus records with fed­eral agen­cies, pro­vid­ing 48-hours no­tice of a de­tainee’s re­lease if im­mi­gra­tion vi­o­la­tions are sus­pected and giv­ing fed­eral agents un­fet­tered ac­cess to jails.

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