DOJ to Chicago: Drop 'Sanctuary City' Laws or Lose Federal Funding

Lester Mason
October 12, 2017

In the ongoing battle against sanctuary cities, the Justice Department on Thursday said it is giving Chicago and Cook County more time - until October 27 - to comply with Trump administration immigration enforcement policies before yanking federal crime fighting grants.

The U.S. Department of Justice, in separate letters to Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle penned Wednesday, highlights several active policies created to shield undocumented immigrants from being unduly targeted by law enforcement entities. They have until October 27 to show they're in compliance.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued the warning to officials in Cook County, Chicago and three other major cities this week, saying sanctuary laws in place within their jurisdictions may violate federal law and "undermine the safety of their residents".

The department also wrote that the city's policy of not sharing the immigration status of victims of crime is also in violation of the law.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a written statement that sanctuary cities "adopt the view that the protection of criminal aliens is more important than the protection of law-abiding citizens and of the rule of law".

City officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


The cities of New York, Philadelphia and New Orleans are also out of compliance with federal law, according to the DOJ.

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"The Department of Justice failed to note in its letter sent to me today that Chapter 41.6.1, Paragraph 5 of the NOPD's operation manual states that officers are to follow Section 1373 (a), and that the policy does 'not prohibit, or in any way restrict, any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, [ICE] information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.' As such, we continue to state unambiguously that Chapter 41.6.1 does not restrict officers and employees from requesting information regarding immigration status from federal immigration officers".

Several jurisdictions have filed suit against the federal government arguing such orders violate the 10th Amendment by compelling states to enforce federal immigration laws.

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The city's police department revised its policy previous year to clarify that officers aren't barred from communicating with immigration officials and requires them to follow federal law. "Irrespective of immigration status, our police departments every day are out there aggressively making sure the streets of America are safe".

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