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9:55 AM / Wednesday August 23, 2017

11 Aug 2017

Chicago to file federal lawsuit over sanctuary cities threat

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August 11, 2017 Category: Week In Review Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO:  Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

 

CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Chicago will continue fighting President Donald Trump’s immigration policies with a lawsuit alleging that it is illegal for the government to withhold public safety grants from so-called sanctuary cities.

The federal lawsuit is expected to be filed Monday. A day earlier Emanuel said Chicago won’t “be blackmailed” into changing its values as a welcoming city.

Chicago officials say there are new qualifications for a grant requiring cities to share information with federal immigration authorities, which they allege are unconstitutional.

Chicago received over $2 million in such grants last year, which have been used for buying police vehicles.

Two law firms are helping Chicago with the case on a pro bono basis.

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Federal officials threatened to withhold funding for sanctuary cities, saying they don’t comply with federal laws.

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