City Officials To Trump: We Won't 'Knuckle Under' To Threats

by Ben Pena August 8, 2017, 0:09
City Officials To Trump: We Won't 'Knuckle Under' To Threats

The Trump administration's effort to carry out its controversial federal immigration crackdown getting new pushback on Sunday. with the City of Chicago announcing that it will sue U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions over threats to withhold public safety grant money from so-called sanctuary cities.

The mayor said Chicago won't "be blackmailed into changing our values, and we are and will remain a welcoming City".

CHICAGO, Illinois- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has a message for President Donald Trump: see you in court.

On Monday, city leaders said they hoped for a preliminary ruling on the lawsuit before September 5, the deadline to apply for new funding from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program, which the lawsuit said provided "crucial support" for the police department. Essentially what the Justice Department is doing is trying to punish cities they believe are not cooperating with federal immigration officials and they are doing so by tying grant money to specific conditions that would force that cooperation.

City officials had expected to get $3.2 million in 2017 from the grant named for New York Police Officer Edward Byrne, who was slain on duty in 1988, said Molly Poppe, a spokeswoman for Emanuel. Emanuel made it emphatically clear that he will not allow Sessions or other officials of the Trump Administration to violate citizens' "fundamental rights".

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The city prohibits police from providing federal Immigration and Customs officials access to people in police custody, unless they are wanted on a criminal warrant or have serious criminal convictions.

In that case, even the Justice Department's lawyers acknowledged in court that the department's ability to withhold federal funding from states and local governments is limited to a small number of grants.

"Our job is to investigate crime", Chicago Police Dept. Chicago had 50 more homicides than NY and Los Angeles combined through mid-June, even though it is far less populous than both.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) criticized the lawsuit in a statement that accused Emanuel of "protecting criminal aliens and putting Chicago's law enforcement at greater risk". But one supporter of the lawsuit, Gilbert Villegas, an alderman who is chairman of the City Council's Latino Caucus, said there was "potential for that issue to creep into other grants" if it went unchallenged. "One Chicago" was recently established in response to the growing needs of the city's refugee and immigrant populations. But Emanuel said the equipment it buys is "needed" and called the effort to pull those grants "the camel's nose under the tent".

Following the Justice Department's move, California said it would also sue the federal government. Opponents argue the federal government is essentially trying to deputize local law enforcement and that everyday policing is made more hard when people are afraid to talk to the officers for fear their immigration status will be uncovered. Additionally, many of these agencies have kept ICE agents from entering local jails to interview suspects.


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