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August 9, 2017

8-8-2017 Chicago plans to sue the DOJ Nuggets….(Vox)

  • A couple weeks ago, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Justice Department was taking another step to go after sanctuary cities that shelter illegal immigrants: taking away their federal funding. [Vox / Dara Lind] 
  • Now, one of those sanctuary cities is fighting back. Chicago is preparing to sue the US Department of Justice for threatening to pull federal funding for its police department if it retains its status as a so-called “sanctuary city.” [CNN / Daniella Diaz and Laura Jarrett] 
  • Today, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he wouldn’t allow the city’s police force to become political pawns; at the same time, he said Chicago had no plans to back down and relinquish its status as a sanctuary city. [Chicago Sun-Times / Lynn Sweet] 
  • Hanging in the balance is a $3.2 million federal grant that Chicago’s police force typically uses to buy things like police cars, radios, and equipment for its SWAT team. [Chicago Tribune / Hal Dardick] 
  • The DOJ, via a spokesperson, quickly fired back at Emanuel, accusing him of prioritizing the safety of illegal immigrants over that of his own officers. [Washington Post / Sandhya Somashekhar] 
  • The backdrop to this is the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration. Attorney General Sessions is trying to tighten the screws on sanctuary cities by threatening to withhold federal funds to cities like Chicago, Baltimore, and New York. [Vox / Dara Lind] 
  • If a federal judge takes the case on, a decision could have wide-reaching implications for the Trump administration’s immigration policy, as a ruling would apply to other sanctuary cities across the country. [Chicago Tribune / John Byrne and Hal Dardick] 

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