Chicago sues Trump Administration because they won’t help Sanctuary Cities

by Fox News
August 8, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired back Monday at the lawsuit filed by the city of Chicago over the Justice Department’s threat to withhold federal money from so-called sanctuary cities, saying “no amount” of money will help a city that won’t help its own residents.

“This administration is committed to the rule of law and to enforcing the laws established by Congress. To a degree perhaps unsurpassed by any other jurisdiction, the political leadership of Chicago has chosen deliberately and intentionally to adopt a policy that obstructs this country’s lawful immigration system,” Sessions said in a statement.

The city filed its suit over the Justice Department’s threat to withhold Byrne grants for law enforcement groups from sanctuary cities. The city’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, likened this to “blackmail.”

“Chicago will not be blackmailed into changing our values, and we are and will remain a welcoming city,” Emanuel said. “The federal government should be working with cities to provide necessary resources to improve public safety, not concocting new schemes to reduce our crime-fighting resources.”

16 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • The Redhawk says:

    MAY be, JUST may be RAHM should read about MIAMI where they dropped ” SANCTUARY CITY STATUS” and CRIME DROPPED DRAMATICALLY…..OR would this CONFUSE RAHM THE MORON and his Corrupted Backers????

  • Bob says:

    In 1987m the USSS in South Dakota v Dole found that it was constitutional for the Feds to withhold federal funding from states that refused to comply with federal laws or desires. In that case, the feds wanted the drinking age raised to 21 and SD declined, then sued for the highway funding tied to them raising the drinking age. The court established a five-point rule for considering the constitutionality of expenditure cuts of this type:
    1. The spending must promote “the general welfare.” – Curbing illegal immigration seems to fit this point
    2. The condition must be unambiguous. – Nothing could be cleared than “obey federal laws”.
    3. The condition should relate “to the federal interest in particular national projects or programs.”
    4. The condition imposed on the states must not, in itself, be unconstitutional. – Following the Constitution should not be unconstitutional.
    5. The condition must not be coercive – They may argue this one, but they should lose. “Obey the law” should not be considered any more coercive than “raise your drinking age”.

  • Janis says:

    Maybe somebody can help me on this but I thought a lawsuit could not be filed until somebody had already suffered injury or loss. Nowhere does it say that the money has actually been withheld from Chicago.

  • barbarakelly says:


  • Timothy Thompson says:

    Emanuel needs to go, he’s Obama’s lead antagonist against Trump. This law suit should be thrown out and any sanctuary city that deems it’s bigger than the rule of law needs to learn the harsh lessions that when city officials who take oaths of office to uphold the law can’t make their own rules how that law is enforced. Sorry Chicago the murder central of the United States, wake up and throw these people out.

  • CBUJAN says:

    Politicians and people who hold public office all have taken an oath to protect the law of the land and our constitution. These politicians who run these sanctuary cities are ignoring the oath they have taken and our constitution. They are breaking the law they should all be prosecuted and sent to prison.

  • mudguy1 says:

    Any Judge, Senator. Representative, Governor, Mayor, Police Commissar and Sheriff that allows these Sanctuary States and Cities should be removed from office for not upholding the our Constitution that they all swore to uphold.
    As long as we allow these Sanctuary cities and states to exist we DO NOT have equal justice under the law.

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  • Gilberto Pazo says:

    Emanuel, Is all about himself and could less about the people of Chicago, Washington needs to keep up the pressure. The federal funds should be used to help the people instead of raising taxes there already one of the highest in the nation. No funding no need to buy the vote from non citizens.

  • roboteq says:

    We need to continue pressing the point that all the Trump administration is doing is requiring states and cities to obey existing laws. When states and cities refuse to enforce existing laws, they have no right requesting help from the administration they refuse to work with. The only way this is blackmail is that the cities that refuse to enforce current laws are blackmailing the federal government with unlawful requests, using an irrational public image scenario in an attempt to turn American citizens against the federal government.

  • Christian Underwood says:

    Emanuel was a turd in high school; suburban New Trier. Screw him. We’ve had enough of Shitcago!

  • podunk1 says:

    Arrest Emanuel for violating the statures violated and contemptuous violations of the Constitution plus betrayal of allegiance to it!

    Throw him out of office & ban him from any US office with Schumer’s forgotten SUPREME LAW TEXT within Amendment 14-1&3&4!

  • Humble Servant says:

    Rahm Emanuel should know what blackmail truly is, he is from the state of great blackmailers. You may want to destroy your state but leave the rest of us out of it. You make Chicago worse then it already is I think the neighboring states will want their own wall. Please vote the stupid out before they destroy all of America….

  • Triple J Jackson says:

    Will not be black mailed into changing its values? Really?? So your values are to let illegal crooks torment good Americans?
    Or allow gang bangers murder good folks because you won’t let citizens protect themselves. I say screw Chitgo and let the illegal gang bangers just burn it down.

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