Sanctuary Cities Win Injunction Against DOJ

Sep 16, 2017

A federal court in Chicago issued an injunction against the Department of Justice’s effort to deny funding to “jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.” Judge Harry Leinenweber ruled that the Attorney General “exceeded his authority” to impose new conditions on cities which received grant funding for police departments. The Department of Justice issued guidelines in July that only allowed grants to those “jurisdictions that allow federal immigration officers into detention facilities and provide 58 hours’ notice before releasing inmates wanted by federal authorities.” The Chicago lawsuit argued that the guidelines would “infringe upon the independence of local law-enforcement agencies” as well as “undermine the inroads police . . . have made in gaining trust from immigrant communities.” Judge Leinenweber ruled that Attorney General Sessions had attempted an “unprecedented seizure of power.” The injunction means that Chicago’s police department will now be able to receive $2.3 million in grant money.