Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Chicago is taking his fight against President Donald Trump's immigration policies to court, becoming one of the first cities Monday to sue the government what many USA cities argue are illegal bids to withhold public safety grants from so-called sanctuary cities.
Those are themes the mayor has sounded repeatedly since Trump - whose campaign for office was built in part on a pledge to crack down on illegal immigration - previous year became the presumptive Republican nominee.
Speaking to reporters minutes after filing its lawsuit against the U.S. Justice Department on Monday, City of Chicago Corporation Counsel Edward Siskel called the Trump administration's effort to punish sanctuary cities by denying them federal funding illegal and unconstitutional.
The suit claims millions of dollars in federal grants should not be withheld from so-called sanctuary cities, CBS Chicago reported.
"Chicago won't let our police become hostages of politicians in this debate ..." Emanuel made it emphatically clear that he will not allow Sessions or other officials of the Trump Administration to violate citizens' "fundamental rights". A press release from the Chicago mayor's office says the Byrne JAG program is named for a New York City police officer who was murdered in 1988 while on assignment protecting a Guyanese immigrant who had reported illegal activity to police.
The city will head to federal court Monday to argue that the Attorney General's actions imposing the new conditions are unlawful.
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That could force the Police Department to hold men and women under investigation longer than the constitutionally mandated 48 hours, Siskel said.
Eddie Johnson, Chicago's police superintendent, said the city "will not compromise the rights, safety or break the sacred trust of the people that live in and visit Chicago" in order to be eligible for federal funding.
Chicago received over $2 million in such grants past year, which have been used for buying police vehicles and other things.
As Emanuel considers whether to run for a third term as mayor, he has repeatedly touted Chicago as a city of immigrants and said he was determined to protect them from attacks by Trump, who vowed during the campaign to deport all undocumented immigrants.
The Byrne Justice Assistance Grant is funding created to help various law enforcement agencies across the country. The grant in question would provide the City of Chicago with about $3.2 million for 2017. "One Chicago" was recently established in response to the growing needs of the city's refugee and immigrant populations. "The City of Chicago will continue to stand up to President Trump and his Justice Department to ensure that their misguided policies do not threaten the safety of our residents". "He's brought discipline, no doubt, to that effort", Emanuel said. Cook County, which also prohibits the Sheriff's Department from cooperating with immigration officers, is considering its "legal options going forward", Preckwinkle said.