With the president threatening to withhold federal grants and funds to cities that refuse cooperation, big city mayors and immigration activists are trying their level best to push back at the administration's attempts to make good of one of President Trump's major campaign promises.
On Monday, Sessions said the Justice Department plans to withhold up to $4.1 billion from "sanctuary cities" - a blanket term for many areas that refuse immigration agents' requests to detain immigrants who entered the us illegally.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a Monday statement, "Despite what Attorney General Sessions implied this afternoon, state and local governments and law enforcement have broad authority under the Constitution to not participate in federal immigration enforcement".
"Seattle will not be bullied by this White House or this administration and today we are taking legal action against President Trump's unconstitutional order", said Murray.
On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions doubled-down on the Trump administration's threat to remove funding to sanctuary jurisdictions. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.
The order also violates the Spending Clause, the lawsuit argues, and is causing "immediate harm" to Seattle by hampering its budget process.More news: Transgender Rights Activist Criticizes Measure To Repeal N.C. Bathroom Bill
Sessions said Monday that cities with sanctuary policies "make our nation less safe by putting risky criminals back on the street".
In a nutshell, so-called sanctuary cities are cities, counties and even states that protect undocumented immigrants from federal authorities in a variety of ways. During his weekly broadcast on NY1 he said the administration's threat was simple posturing. Earlier this year, Trump signed an executive order to strip grants from these cities on the grounds that they're breaking federal law. Murray said that, on the contrary, the administration is stirring fear in immigrant communities, which leads to less safe cities.
"Apparently the Trump administration, their war on facts has now become a war on cities", Mr. Murray said. We are proud to be a welcoming city that is inclusive of all our residents.
The federal justice department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. While led by the City, other jurisdictions are welcome and encouraged to join this effort.
More fundamentally, it is impossible to have a truly effective regime of interior enforcement if localities aren't willing to cooperate with the federal government even when it comes to illegal immigrants who have been arrested for committing crimes.
There are more than 11 million undocumented immigrants in America, and these cities, counties and states don't agree with deportation as a solution for people who have been building new lives here.