Major Win For All Sanctuary Cities, Federal Judge Grants Nationwide Injunction
Today (September 15) a federal judge in Chicago ruled in favor of Chicago and blocked the Trump administration's rules requiring so-called sanctuary cities to cooperate with immigration agents in order to get a public safety grant. While Chicago was the city bring the suit, the effects will be felt nationwide as the injunction covers all sanctuary cities.
U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber held that Chicago has shown a "likelihood of success" in its arguments that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions exceeded his authority in imposing new standards governing Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants across the country. He also stated that the city could suffer "irreparable harm" if the city were to give into the U.S. Department of Justice's new standards.
The ruling comes a little more than a month after the Emanuel administration filed suit against the Justice Department over its new requirements for sanctuary cities that want federal funding to give notice when immigrants in the country illegally are about to be released from custody and allow immigration agents access to local jails.
The new regulations, announced by Sessions in July, would also require local authorities to give 48 hours' notice "where practicable" before releasing from custody people who federal immigration agents suspect of being in the country illegally.