Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel hit the Department of Justice with a lawsuit over the DOJ’s threat to withhold federal money from “sanctuary cities” like Chicago.
The DOJ has added a new requirement for cities to receive Byrne grants- the cities now must notify federal agents 48 hours before an illegal immigrant is released from jail. If Chicago complies, it will receive $3.2 million in Byrne grants and they would be used to buy police vehicles.
According to Fox News Emanuel stated that the new requirements feel like “blackmailing” and would prevent the city from being “welcoming.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions slammed the lawsuit, stating:
“This administration is enforcing the laws established by Congress. The political leadership of Chicago has chosen to adopt a policy that obstructs America’s lawful immigration system. The mayor is worried because the federal government is focused on enforcing the law, there might be a need for ‘reordering of law enforcement practice in Chicago.’”
“What Chicago needs is a recommitment to the rule of law and to policies that roll back the culture of lawlessness that has beset the city.”
Nevertheless, Emmanuel remains obstinate, saying:
“Chicago will never let police officers become political pawns in a debate and won’t let the residents have their fundamental rights isolated and violated. Chicago will keep his status as a welcoming city.”
Welcoming to who exactly? That town has one of the worst crime rates in the country. People are being terrorized by gangs every day. It seems like the “welcoming city” plan isn’t working, but law and order MUST be restored.
This is what Sessions said in his statement: “It’s really simple: Comply with the law or forego taxpayer dollars.”
(h/t Fox News)