Federal judge issues preliminary injunction protecting sanctuary cities

Federal judge issues injunction on U.S. DOJ plans to tie grant funds to sanctuary city status

U.S. Circuit Court Judge Harry Leinenweber issued a preliminary injunction on Friday to prevent the U.S. Department of Justice from suspending public safety grants to sanctuary cities refusing to cooperate with federal immigration officials.

The City of Chicago filed suit on August 7, 2017, in an effort to prevent implementation of new criteria for the department’s Justice Assistance Grant program. The criteria established by the Justice Department in July 2017 included requirements for cities to share immigration status information with federal officials, honor detainer requests made by the department, and allow federal officials access to local prisons to interview detainees.

New York City filed an amicus brief in support of the Chicago suit.

Of the 100 largest cities in the U.S. found 32 cities that did not accept detainer requests or offered public services regardless of immigration status, including Chicago.

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