Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced on Monday a lawsuit against the Trump administration for vowing to block federal grants to cities that refuse to comply with federal immigration law. Now, the Department of Justice has fired back at Chicago’s plan to sue the government.
The DOJ called out the mayor saying, “In 2016, more Chicagoans were murdered than in New York City and Los Angeles combined. So it’s especially tragic that the mayor is less concerned with that staggering figure than he is spending time and taxpayer money protecting criminal aliens and putting Chicago’s law enforcement at greater risk,” department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores told the Chicago Sun-Times.
Chicago depends on $3.2 million from the Byrne grants program to buy police vehicles. On Thursday, federal officials published an updated application for the subsidies and the Chicago mayor called it “blackmail.” Emanuel said in a report by the Chicago Tribune, “Chicago will not be blackmailed into changing our values, and we are and will remain a welcoming city. The federal government should be working with cities to provide necessary resources to improve public safety, not concocting new schemes to reduce our crime-fighting resources.”
A new requirement was added to the application that would force local jurisdictions to report to federal officials about the release of illegal immigrants from police custody at least 48 hours in advance.
“Chicago will not let our police officers become political pawns in a debate,” Emanuel said. “Chicago will not let our residents have their fundamental rights isolated and violated. And Chicago will never relinquish our status as a welcoming city.” Emanuel added, “The city of Chicago may be the first to bring a lawsuit, but I’m also confident we will not be the last.”
Do you think the DOJ will force Chicago to get in line with the new procedure, or is the Chicago mayor right? Will this just be the first of many dominos to fall, will other cities follow suit?
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