Federal judge puts Sessions' anti-sanctuary city plan on hold

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Trump applauds senators' latest ObamaCare repeal effort Get ready for socialized medicine, if Republicans don't fix ObamaCare MORE (D-Mass.) on Friday praised a federal judge that ruled against the Trump administration's rules requiring so-called sanctuary cities to help enforce federal immigration laws in order to receive funding, calling it "good news". The injunction is "nationwide in scope", Leinenweber said, "there being no reason to think that the legal issues present in this case are restricted to Chicago". Mr. Sessions has responded that the Trump administration will not "simply give away grant money to city governments that proudly violate the rule of law and protect criminal aliens at the expense of public safety". The matter has been a subject of constant legal challenges and wrangling ever since; in April, a federal judge in San Francisco similarly ruled against the administration, as did a federal judge in Texas just last month. President Donald Trump has made tougher immigration enforcement a centerpiece of his campaign and presidency, along with a pledge to build a wall on the U.S.

At stake for Chicago is roughly $2.3 million from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant. At least seven cities and counties, including Seattle and San Francisco, as well as the state of California, are refusing to cooperate with the new federal rules.

Let's be clear what the city of Chicago and other sanctuary cities are fighting so hard for.

Emanuel sued Sessions over the new requirements in August, saying they would "federalize local jails and police stations, mandate warrantless detentions in order to investigate for federal civil infractions, sow fear in local immigrant communities, and ultimately make the people of Chicago less safe".

Sessions asked the cities to allow federal immigration authorities unlimited access to local jails and provide 48 hours' notice before releasing anyone wanted for immigration violations. "This is astounding given the unprecedented violent crime surge in Chicago, with the number of murders in 2016 surpassing both NY and Los Angeles combined". 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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A spokesman for the Department of Justice disagreed.

Judge Leinenweber agreed, writing, "The harm to the city's relationship with the immigrant community if it should accede to the conditions is irreparable". "Once such trust is lost, it can not be repaired through an award of money damages, making it the type of harm that is especially hard to rectify", Leinenweber writes.

It remains to be seen what step the administration will take next, or whether Trump himself will speak out about the ruling. The injunction applies to cities nationwide.

Leinenweber's ruling was not welcomed at the Justice Department.

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