A federal judge voted on the side of the city of Chicago in his trial, ruling that the Trump administration does not have the authority to withhold federal security funding from the city if it restricts its cooperation with US immigration and customs officials
The City filed its lawsuit against the US Department of Justice in August after the department ordered that local governments fulfill a number of conditions to qualify for federal grants. Under the terms, local governments confirmed that they would comply with a federal law prohibiting restrictions on federal-local exchange of information on the status of an immigrant and granting homeland security personnel access to local law enforcement agencies.
District Judge Harry Leinenweber agreed on Friday with the city and issued a restraining order against all three conditions that the Department of Justice wanted to enforce.
"Today's opinion for Chicago and against the Trump Justice Department is a big win for all Chicagoans and a significant victory for public safety," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a Friday statement. "We will never be forced or intimidated to give up our values as a hospitable city." Welcoming immigrants, refugees and dreamers from all over the world is part of Chicago's history and part of our future, no matter how the political winds blow in Washington
City decree prohibits police from allowing ICE officers access to persons in police custody in Chicago unless they are being sought for a warrant or a serious criminal conviction. The police also can not allow ICE agents to use their facilities for investigation, and on-duty officers are not allowed to respond to ICE requests or communicate with ICE officers about custody status or the release of a person.
Friday's ruling is "another significant legal victory for Chicago, reaffirming the city's position that the Attorney General has the authority to create the terms we contend for," Corporation Counsel Ed Siskel said in a Friday issue.
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