Chicago to file federal lawsuit over sanctuary cities threat – News – recordnet.com – California News

Chicago to file federal lawsuit over sanctuary cities threat – News – recordnet.com – California News

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Chicago is taking his fight against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies to court, becoming one of the first cities to sue the government what many U.S. cities argue are illegal bids to withhold public safety grants from so-called sanctuary cities.

CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Chicago is taking his fight against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies to court, becoming one of the first cities to sue the government what many U.S. cities argue are illegal bids to withhold public safety grants from so-called sanctuary cities.

The lawsuit is expected to be filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago Monday, a day after Emanuel announced the litigation and said Chicago won’t “be blackmailed” into changing its values as a welcoming city. He argued it’s unconstitutional for a city “to be coerced on a policy.”

Chicago officials say there are new qualifications for a grant that requires cities to share information with U.S. immigration authorities, which they allege are unconstitutional. Chicago received over $2 million in such grants last year. They were used for buying police vehicles.

Those amounts of money are relatively small, but Chicago leaders say they fear more impactful restrictions could be coming and so they hope to establish in court that such government measures are illegal.

It is the latest round in a battle between several major U.S. cities and the Trump administration, with federal officials threatening for months to withhold funding for sanctuary cities, saying they don’t comply with federal laws.

Last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said local governments would lose…

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