'We will not be blackmailed،' Chicago suing Trump over immigration laws

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks during a press conference where sanctuary cities which don't arrest or detain immigrants living in the U.S. illegally and Chicago violence two issues raised by President Donald

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel defended his city's lawsuit Monday, telling CNN the DOJ's new stipulations against so-called sanctuary cities "undermines our actual safety agenda".

"The rhetoric and the threats from this administration embodied in these new conditions imposed on unrelated public safety grant funds are breeding a culture and a climate of fear within the communities in our city", said Siskel, the law office director, said at the courthouse after the lawsuit was filed.

But a new Justice Department policy requires any recipient to allow immigration authorities unlimited access to local jails.as well as 48 hours' notice before releasing anyone wanted for immigration violations. a requirement Chicago Counsel Ed Siskel says violates the constitution.

In July, Sessions announced that the Department of Justice would withhold Byrne Justice Assistance Grants to cities whose law enforcement agencies refuse to work with ICE to prevent illegal immigration. "We can not be forced to violate our residents' constitutional rights".

Sanctuary cities, including Chicago, have responded that targeting and deporting undocumented immigrants who have not been accused of serious crimes only harms public safety, as migrants become increasingly afraid to report crimes if they do not feel safe contacting local police. Chicago officials are waiting to hear whether Mr. Sessions plans to enforce a Justice Department investigation of the Chicago police, completed in the final days of Barack Obama's presidency, that found a pattern of discriminatory practices.

"In 2016, more Chicagoans were murdered than in New York City and Los Angeles combined", Devin O'Malley, the spokesman, said in an email. These grants are typically used to buy police vehicles and other equipment.

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 26: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks during a press conference to announce the use of a mobile ballistics lab being operated by the Bureau of Alcohol Tabaco and Firearms (ATF) in Chicago to help process ballistic evidence at crime scenes on June 26, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.

"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", Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said.

One 2015 study from the American Immigration Council found that while the foreign-born population of the U.S. grew from 7.9% to 13.1% between 1990 and 2013, the violent crime rate declined 48%.

The lawsuit adds to an already complex relationship between Chicago and Mr. Trump's Justice Department.

"We need people to work with our officers and trust our officers", Emanuel said. Cook County, which also prohibits the Sheriff's Department from cooperating with immigration officers, is considering its "legal options going forward", Preckwinkle said.

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