The city of Chicago on Monday followed through with its threat to sue the Department of Justice over its crackdown on “sanctuary” jurisdictions.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, alleges that the Justice Department illegally and unconstitutionally attached conditions to a federal law enforcement grant program by requiring cities and counties to assist federal immigration authorities.
“These new conditions also fly in the face of longstanding City policy that promotes cooperation between local law enforcement and immigrant communities, ensures access to essential city services for all residents, and makes all Chicagoans safer,” the civil complaint states.
The suit seeks a court order blocking the Justice Department from enforcing conditions announced last month to the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel told CNN on Monday that the Justice Department policy requires the city to choose between its values and its request for $3.2 million to buy new police vehicles. The application deadline is Sept. 5. ... Read the full story by Brendan Kirby.