The Seattle Mayor, Ed Murray, just became the next politician in line to attempt to stop the Trump administration from withholding federal grants to “sanctuary cities” by announcing a federal lawsuit citing the 10th Amendment and states rights. “Apparently the Trump administration, their war on facts, has now become a war on cities,” Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said. The goal of the lawsuit is to have a judge declare the president’s order unconstitutional.
On January 25th, President Trump signed an executive order that directed the government to withdraw federal funding grants for any jurisdiction that refused to cooperate with immigration officials. Trump said, “These jurisdictions have caused immeasurable harm to the American people and to the very fabric of our Republic.” This past week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that the Justice Department would now require cities that were wanting some of the 4.1 billion available in grant money to verify that they are in compliance with the federal law that allows information sharing with immigration officials.
The Seattle Mayor joined the ranks of San Francisco in filing a suit against the Trump administration. “This strikes at the heart of established principles of federalism and violates the United States Constitution,” attorneys for San Francisco wrote in its complaint. A judge is set to hear the case to block the executive order on April 14th. Both cities claim that their residents are less safe under the new order because they are more afraid to report crimes.
The International Association of Police Chiefs urged the Trump administration not to punish jurisdictions that don’t honor all requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The Association said, “State and local law enforcement agencies depend on the cooperation of immigrants, legal or not, in solving a wide array of crimes and that penalizing sanctuary cities is counter-productive.” Several mayors and police chiefs have said that local law enforcement can ‘t be seen as immigration officers if they are to keep the public trust and efficiently do their jobs.
What do you think about “sanctuary city” politicians filing lawsuits against the president’s executive order?