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Friday, 15 September 2017 18:02

Federal judge rules DOJ can’t block funds to sanctuary cities

Written by  Bob Fredericks

A federal judge dealt the Trump administration’s tough immigration stance another blow Friday, ruling that the feds can’t withhold funds from sanctuary cities like the Big Apple that don’t play ball with its crackdown on illegal immigrants.

Judge Harry Leinenweber of Chicago said the Justice Department can’t refuse to dole out millions of dollars in grants supporting public safety from cities that decline to share the immigration status of suspects in custody with immigration authorities, Bloomberg reported.

The limited restrictions on funding challenged by Chicago were imposed by Justice after the administration was blocked by a San Francisco judge in April from making much broader cuts in jurisdictions that don’t help its efforts to deport undocumented immigrants.

“The court finds that the city has established that it would suffer irreparable harm if a preliminary injunction is not entered,” the judge said in his ruling.

The injunction is “nationwide in scope,” Leinenweber added, “there being no reason to think that the legal issues present in this case are restricted to Chicago.”

Forcing reluctant cities to help round up undocumented immigrants was a key component of the president’s campaign vow to rid the US of “bad hombres” entering from Mexico.

The ruling further frustrates an administration mired in litigation over immigration policy since Trump took office in January.

Still unresolved are legal fights over the president’s travel ban targeting travelers from six Muslim-majority countries and a budget showdown in Congress over funding for his promised border wall with Mexico.

The rules at issue would have required police to provide the Department of Homeland Security with unlimited access to police stations to interrogate civilians who are arrested, and give at least a 48-hour notice before the release of someone suspected of immigration violations.

Chicago argued in court that the federal regulation ran afoul of the Constitution’s separation of powers principles and also violates a criminal suspect’s Fourth Amendment right not to be held in custody without being charged.

Like New York and other sanctuary cities, Chicago has a longstanding policy of not sharing information with federal immigration authorities unless a suspect is charged or convicted of a serious crime.

The policy “promotes cooperation between local law enforcement and immigrant communities,” Chicago said in its complaint.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions called Chicago’s Aug. 7 lawsuit “astounding,” saying the city has gone through an unprecedented violent crime surge, “with the number of murders in 2016 surpassing both New York and Los Angeles combined.”

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Last modified on Friday, 15 September 2017 20:55

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All this chicanery because of one unvetted muslim plant from Kenya who was fraudulently put in our white house by a pack of socialist democrats who tried to destroy America and her greatness.

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A federal judge from Chicago ? Whose paycheck is he ruling on ?
Send the FBI in and audit this phony judge. See just who pays this person anyway.

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That is crazy. Is this judge.an American? Who is he trying to protect? Another traitor that needs to go.

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Don't judges rule on matters of law? When did it become a law that the Federal Government has to give money to these cities? It is time to start telling these ignorant judges to take a hike and begin ignoring them.

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Randy Sosa Written by Randy Sosa
September 16, 2017
That is that judges person opinion. That is not the law. If sanctuary cities are breaking the law. Then penalties are due. The judge can not imply his personal feelings to prevent the law penalties from being applied. This needs to go higher.

It is time to see how the SCOTUS weighs in.
I do not want to fund a body that will use my taxes to fund protecting law breakers and criminals.

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M Werner Written by M Werner
September 16, 2017
Here's the thing. All those cities who offer sanctuary to illegals created their own HARDSHIP. Now they want the "Judge" to save them from loss of revenue. There can be NO relief from a self imposed hardship.

Cannot these loser, Arse WIPE dumb f##k LIBERAL so called judges figured out just how many Supreme court smack downs their WIMPs, rulings will take prior to them being empeached. If I were in charge!!! One X One these loser LIBERAL make law up AS they go Arse wipes would disappear from the face of the earth. Saddly for everyone I'm not in charge.

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*YO, WAKE UP! THIS WILL GO 2 THE SUPREME COURT & WILL B OVERRULED, PERIOD!! JUST LIKE, FALSELY BLOCKING THE TRAVEL BAN WAS OVERRULED, JUST THIS WEEK BY THE SUPREME COURT, PERIOD!! THE RULE OF LAW IS ON *J.SESSIONS* SIDE, PERIOD!! AL& THE BIKER VETS

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This is bull$#it from an Obama holdover. I hope that this will be reversed.

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Jim Zimmerman Written by Jim Zimmerman
September 16, 2017
What a croc of Shit. The AG is the top law enforcement officer in the US. that judge is an EMPLOYEE of the DOJ. Fire him!!!!

Our country is very quickly starting to go down the swirling circular porcelain file........the inmates are taking over the asylum. Sessions should take the issue directly to the Supreme Court for an expedited hearing.

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It seems that the crooks are the ones running the system and this one judge is a favor of the crooks and needs to be in jail. I hope that these illegal these judges protecting they go after these judges they are not here to hold up the laws and help fight crime. Karma is a bitch for the judge and hope it's soon

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Terry Gallagher Written by Terry Gallagher
September 16, 2017
I call BULLSHIT! Quite tired of O'Bama appointed leftist judges doing that voodoo
that they do, so well. Can a POTUS fire Fed Judges? There are many that seem
to love throwing roadblocks.

There's not a darn word in the Constitution that says anything about giving cities any money at all. The liberal judge has no business telling the Feds who they can and cannot give money to. He's just a democratic lackey.

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Proof positive that the inmates are running the asylum.

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No one has the authority to circumvent the law or Constitution and that includes Trump and Sessions. We are in danger of becoming an oligarchy with Trump as "President" and Sessions as Attorney. Lord, saves from these two unAmericans.

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Rob Pekarik Written by Rob Pekarik
September 15, 2017
The Lord has turned away from America because of abortion, homosexuality and all the other laws of His that we have broken. Making laws to kill unborn children and laws that exclude God from everyday life in government has brought us to this point. The career politicians have given themselves over to the evil one and Chicago, California, Oregon and New York are prime examples.
Pamela Parris Written by Pamela Parris
September 15, 2017
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September 15, 2017
Obviously, yet another liberal Judge leftover from the Obama horror. Federal Judges also cannot circumvent the laws and can only interpret them. I say take it to SCOTUS and they will take care of everyone that has misinterpreted the meaning. As for all cities/counties/states that are choosing to avoid obeying Federal laws by continuing to allow & protect illegals in this country, you can't pick & choose which laws you obey or ignore and in doing so, you should be punished. Federal law supersedes and I'm with our POTUS & the AG. Their efforts are to keep the citizens safe and shame on everyone who wants the opposite for lawbreakers who are not the innocent "babies" the media portrays.
Renee S Written by Renee S
September 15, 2017
oligarchy - definition: Clinton family
Lillian Devore Written by Lillian Devore
September 15, 2017
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September 15, 2017
"No one has the authority to circumvent the law and the Constitution..." Congress makes the laws. The President (Executive Branch) "executes" the law, which means they are doing what they can to Enforce the law.
If you meant what you said, you would not be giving a free pass to those who enter this country illegally.

No doubt Congress will work on a law to deal with Sanctuary cities.

Canada's immigration laws are more stringent than ours, although the RAISE Act will make our immigration laws comparable to Canada's and Australia's. Try going to Canada, getting a job, settling down, and if they try to deport you, go ahead and stage a violent protest while burning the Canadian flag. See how that works out.
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Raymond Martucci Written by Raymond Martucci
September 15, 2017
If anyone that is breaking the laws are these fake judged putting everyone in harm's way for dirty money. This just is a crook and he favors gangs and hard criminal. And you lady we all need saving from idiots like you.

Which progressive socialist democrat president seated this judge?

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Marina Dilbone Written by Marina Dilbone
September 15, 2017
Chicago?well say NO more

Activist judges. Follow the money and you will find that many in the judiciary are paid hacks for the DNC - wonder how much this judge was paid?

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Howdy Carbine Written by Howdy Carbine
September 15, 2017
Another trip to see the SCOTUS,the wonderful SCOTUS of DC.Then clean out(impeach) the activist judges and hang them for high Treason,then nice long dirt naps for the scum who never read the Constitution
Merridee Pavlenko Written by Merridee Pavlenko
September 15, 2017
democrats do not know how to interrupt the law, constitution and rights of our people, they want it to be interrupted according to their way of thinking. We want American to be safe, therefore sanction cities are not safe for AMERICANS only illegal immigrants, isis etc, therefore they should not receive any funds we are the tax payers that have to pay out funds to sanction cities that are not safe for us to be there. UNFAIR. Time to take this on too, filing a suit against them. President is Right and has the right to withhold funds from the cities/villages/states that don't want to keep their states, cities safe.
William Carpenter Written by William Carpenter
September 15, 2017
Another liberal judge that makes law instead of interpreting it and the constitution. Another trip to the SCOTUS which will eventually overturn this inane ruling. It would certainly be a boon to the average citizen if these socialist judges could be censured and/or removed for their unconstitutional and un-American rulings.

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