Published: Wed, August 09, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Chicago endangers itself with sanctuary status

Chicago endangers itself with sanctuary status

In reality, the mayor has chose to make the city more unsafe by not allowing the federal government to enforce the law.

The report also documented officers expressing on social media "discriminatory views" against people based on race, gender and national origin, and complaints that the department failed to aggressively investigate hate crimes against immigrants. In 2016, there were 788 homicides in Chicago and 4,368 shooting victims.

In order to receive the JAG funds, the City of Chicago is required to comply with the new rules set by the Justice Department on or before September 5, 2017. But Mayor Rahm Emanuel has since resisted oversight by a court-appointed monitor.

In January, President Donald Trump signed an executive order addressing the issue in broader terms.

The city's lawsuit says the Trump administration's contention that more lenient immigration policies contribute to crime "is divorced from reality".

The conditions from the Justice Department apply to the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants, which provide money to hundreds of cities. The new rules would require police to give Immigration agents unrestricted access to police stations and 48 hours notice before any detainees were released so their immigration status could be checked.

Emanuel defended the lawsuit Monday, telling CNN the Justice Department's requirements on sanctuary cities "undermines our actual safety agenda".

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"This administration is committed to the rule of law and to enforcing the laws established by Congress".

"If Chicago submits to the Department's demands, it will forfeit decades' worth of trust and goodwill that its police force has built in the communities it serves", the city alleged in the lawsuit. "And as those decades of experience show, that kind of trust, once lost, is lost forever". "They have demonstrated an open hostility to enforcing laws created to protect law enforcement".

"I support what they're doing there with taking a stand against the Department of Justice".

The head of Chicago's legal office says the city will follow up on a newly filed lawsuit with a request to a federal judge to halt to a Trump administration immigration policy of withholding certain public safety grants from so-called sanctuary cities.

Chicago calls this its "Welcoming City Ordinance", which apparently "promotes public safety by ensuring that no city resident or visitor, regardless of immigration status, is afraid to cooperate with law enforcement", and allows the Chicago police to "focus on criminal activity occurring in Chicago instead of federal civil immigration infractions". So it's this simple: "Comply with the law or forego taxpayer dollars", Sessions stated.

Chicago has received the grant funds at the heart of the lawsuit since 2005.

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