City of Chicago v. Sessions
IRLI filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in City of Chicago v. Sessions, the federal government’s appeal of a court injunction against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who seeks to withhold certain federal funds from sanctuary cities as a means to influence them to stop interfering with federal immigration law enforcement.
Chicago’s sanctuary ordinances are particularly extreme. One forbids city officials from telling ICE agents, when asked, when illegal aliens in city jails are scheduled to be released. Even more egregiously, another ordinance forbids ICE agents from entering city jails to interview illegal-alien detainees. IRLI argues in its brief that both forms of interference with federal enforcement efforts violate the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause, under which laws passed by Congress trump state or local laws.