A federal judge ruled on Friday that the USA attorney general can not block funding to so-called sanctuary cities after current Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced plans earlier this year to do just that.
A federal judge blocked the Trump justice department from withholding grant money from sanctuary cities. That problem is one officials are well aware of; in states from California to Texas, many cities have moved to adopt policies discouraging law enforcement from enquiring about immigration status, and prioritizing public safety over detention and deportation. Trump later adopted a softer tone toward the 800,000 immigrants protected by DACA, telling them not to worry about being deported.
"The harm to the city's relationship with the immigrant community, if it should accede to the conditions, is irreparable", Leinenweber wrote.
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At stake for Chicago is roughly $2.3 million from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant.
Debates over immigration often involve more histrionics than policy.
In a news conference, Emanuel praised the ruling as an "affirmation of the rule of law". Total funding for such grants this year was $383.5 million, according to the Justice Department.
Though $1.5 million is a tiny fraction of the city's budget, Mr. Emanuel has said Chicago will not "be blackmailed" into changing its values as a city that welcomes immigrants. The Trump administration, on the other hand, has accused sanctuary cities of putting politics over public safety. 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.
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Multiple major cities have refused to cooperate with immigration agents by, say, notifying ICE when an undocumented immigrant is released from jail.
Leinenweber agreed with Chicago's assertion that trust between police and the community could suffer as a result of the restrictions, saying that it is a type of harm "that is especially hard to rectify".
Recently, federal judges have made a decision to bypass the legislature and make immigration law on their own.
"As Washington squabbles over rolling back sensible immigration policy, we are taking action to help protect all New Yorkers from unwarranted targeting by government", Cuomo said in a statement accompanying his order.
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In his injunction, Leinenweber found the city likely to prevail on the merits of its argument once the case is considered in its entirety.