A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois ruled Friday that the Trump administration cannot withhold grants to so-called “sanctuary cities,” issuing a nationwide injunction.
US Attorney General had said in March that cities failing to enforce immigration laws may be cut off from Department of Justice (DOJ) grants, and the city of Chicago filed a lawsuit in August after the DOJ placed restrictions on certain grants.
US District Judge Harry Leinenweber ruled Friday that Sessions lacked authority to place restrictions on the grants, violating separation of powers:
The notice and access conditions therefore exceed statutory authority, and, consequently, the efforts to impose them violate the separation of powers doctrine and are ultra vires. The City has shown a likelihood of success on the merits as to these conditions.
Leinenweber declined to block a requirement that cities certify their compliance with a federal law barring local governments from restricting the sharing of information with federal immigration authorities.
As carried in jurist on 18/9/2017