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Seattle Sues Trump Over His Crackdown On Sanctuary Cities

01 April 2017

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in a news briefing the order will "strip federal grant money from the sanctuary states and cities that harbor illegal immigrants".

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' statements Monday that local jurisdictions may have Department of Justice funds pulled if they fail to cooperate with federal authorities in enforcing immigration policy may have been the straw that broke the camel's back, though Murray has voiced Seattle's defiance since the order was issued. Earlier this month Scheiderman's office updated the guidance in light of Trump's executive orders and U.S. Department of Homeland Security memos, making clear the Trump administration's policies don't change local governments' right to protect their immigrant communities.

Such policies, Sessions said, "endanger the lives of every American" and violate federal law.

Trump, who made tougher immigration enforcement a cornerstone of his campaign, directed the government in his January 25 executive order to cut off funding to sanctuary jurisdictions.

"It is time for cities to stand up and ask the courts to put an end to the anxiety in our communities and the chaos in our system", Murray said.

The Department of Justice is also ready to cut billions for those localities they determine are not complying with federal immigration laws.

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"We should not allow the federal government to use local police and our agencies to act as a federal militia", Seattle City Council member Debora Juarez said today, "and that's exactly what they're doing".

"Such policies can not continue", Mr. Sessions said Monday, according to NPR.

City leaders insisted such examples are the exception, not the rule. Burien, for example, recently passed an ordinance offering sanctuary protections, but stopped short of calling itself a "sanctuary city". But other grants went to smaller, specific programs - almost $1 million for body cameras for sheriff's deputies in Broward County, Florida; $1.2 million in Charlotte, North Carolina, to help cut the backlog of rape kit testing; $12,966 to cover police involvement in the city of Lawndale, California's Youth Day parade and at the Fourth of July fireworks celebration. The Trump administration has made repeated threats cited in the lawsuit.

"The expectation that the federal government will enforce our immigration laws is reasonable, and our government has a duty to meet it". "The administration has created fear among immigrants".

No. In fact, immigration detainers have been used by federal immigration authorities for many years by both Republican and Democratic administrations.

Your editorial argues that Attorney General Jeff Sessions' warning that federal funds will be withheld from sanctuary cities like Denver is "misguided". "It does not help to have this nation's highest law enforcement official misstating the law".