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