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United States judge sides with 'sanctuary cities' in Trump immigration battle

United States judge sides with 'sanctuary cities' in Trump immigration battle

A federal judge in Chicago issued a nationwide injunction Friday blocking the Trump administration's rule requiring sanctuary cities like NY to comply with immigration authorities or risk losing an annual federal grant dedicated to murdered NYPD Officer Edward Byrne, according to court documents.

"The court finds that the city has established that it would suffer irreparable harm if a preliminary injunction is not entered", USA district judge Harry Leinenweber said in his ruling.

In April, a USA federal judge blocked also Trump's executive order that sought to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities for immigrants.

Federal judge in Chicago blocks Trump administration...

Trump, however, on 14 September expressed sympathy for those protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which offered young illegal immigrants an eventual path to permanent residency and citizenship.

President Trump later announced he was working on an agreement to protect them.

"The harm to the city's relationship with the immigrant community, if it should accede to the conditions, is irreparable", Leinenweber wrote.

Chicago, the nation's third-largest city, stood to lose its Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant - which past year was $2.3 million - for failing to comply with the Justice Department's conditions.

The city of Chicago sued the Trump administration last month over the DOJ's threat to withhold those grants from sanctuary cities.

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

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel hailed the decision at a City Hall news conference as "an affirmation of the rule of law".

The rules at issue would have required police to provide the Department of Homeland Security with unlimited access to police stations to interrogate arrested civilians and give the least 48 hours' notice before releasing anyone suspected of immigration violations.

Sessions described Chicago's lawsuit in August as "astounding". And it has made a similar argument if the city were to follow the new requirements.

Leinenweber said Chicago had shown a "likelihood of success" in arguing that Sessions exceeded his authority with the new conditions. "Once such trust is lost, it can not be repaired through an award of money damages". Total funding for such grants this year was $383.5 million, according to the Justice Department.

A spokesman for the Department of Justice disagreed.

"No amount of federal taxpayer dollars will help a city that refuses to help its own residents", Sessions said in a statement.

The preliminary injunction applies to more than 400 cities nationwide.


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