Sanctuary cities: Seattle sues Trump administration over executive order

Posted April 01, 2017

On Monday, Sessions said the Justice Department would withhold grants from those sanctuary cities.

In a White House briefing Monday, U.S Attorney General Jeff Sessions urged sanctuary cities like NY to change their policies and enforce immigration laws, leaving multiple city officials feeling outraged.

Murray said the federal government can not compel the city's police department to enforce federal immigration law.

The Trump Administration's executive order, issued five days after President Donald Trump's inauguration, spelled out its hard-line stance on illegal immigration, in a policy that includes stiff penalties for cities that resist cooperating with federal authorities.

These cities argue that immigrants are more willing to cooperate with law enforcement and seek health assistance if they do not fear they may be deported when doing so. The order also stated that White House policy will be to "ensure that jurisdictions that fail to comply with applicable Federal law do not receive Federal funds, except as mandated by law".

Mayor Ed Murray and city attorney Pete Holmes held a press conference to discuss the legal action. "We will remain a city welcoming of immigrants who have helped make our city the safest big city in the nation", Mayor de Blasio said in a statement.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh was an early and outspoken opponent of Trump's executive order on sanctuary cities, and says this latest announcement is bad for communities, calling it irresponsible and destructive.

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The federal justice department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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That famously liberal city is also where an illegal immigrant, previously deported five times, shot and killed Kate Steinle (pictured above) in 2015 as she visited a pier with her family.

Cities could miss out on grants that pay for an array of policing programs, including crime lab technology, crime prevention efforts, equipment and other services.

"Local governments do not enforce federal law". City officials also anticipate receiving $55 million in federal funds for the city's operating expenses and $99 million for capital projects this year.

Supporters of the policy argue that enlisting police cooperation in rounding up immigrants for removal undermines communities' trust in local police, particularly among Latinos.

No. In fact, immigration detainers have been used by federal immigration authorities for many years by both Republican and Democratic administrations. To that end, local law enforcement agencies don't want them to stay in the shadows or be afraid to report crimes they've witnessed or been victims of. The administration last week reported more than 200 cases of immigrants recently released from local jails before federal agents could intervene.