Category: immigration

Chicago Granted Injunction in Fight Against “Sanctuary City” Restrictions

In July, the Department of Justice (DOJ) added two new requirements for states and local governments to receive federal Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (Byrne JAG) for law enforcement funding. In response, the city of Chicago sued Attorney General Jeff Sessions, arguing that these new requirements and another requirement are unlawful and/or unconstitutional. Now, an

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What Happened to DACA?

Since his presidency began, President Trump has set his sights on rolling back many of the actions of President Obama. At times, that task has proven easy — as with many federal regulations and executive orders. Other times, the opposition has been fierce. Enacted under Obama, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program allowed

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What Crossing the Mexican Border Taught Me About Inclusion

In response to the tragic events in Charlottesville, the National League of Cities is celebrating #InclusionWeek to support diversity, inclusivity, and hope in America’s cities. This is a guest post by Councilmember Fabian Bedne of Nashville, Tennessee. When I first came to Nashville, I found a city that was welcoming, kind, and full of potential.

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Chicago, San Francisco, and California Sue Over “Sanctuary City” Rules

Two American cities and one U.S. state have filed suit against Attorney General Jeff Sessions over grant restrictions for so-called “sanctuary cities” — raising the prospect of further fights and delays on contentious immigration issues. In July, the Department of Justice (DOJ) added two new requirements for states and local governments to receive federal Edward

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District Court Refuses to Reconsider Sanctuary Jurisdictions Ruling

The court rejected the weight the Department of Justice tried to place on the recent memo from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, concluding it is not likely a binding legal opinion. So, is the executive order currently enforceable? In April, a federal district court issued a nationwide preliminary injunction preventing the Trump Administration from enforcing the

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Supreme Court to Rule on Travel Ban

The court’s consideration of the revised executive order will essentially weigh the need to protect people from discrimination based on religion or country of origin with the president’s power in matters of national security. On its last opinion day of the term, the Supreme Court announced it would rule on the constitutionality of the Trump Administration’s

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Is the President’s Travel Ban Headed to the Supreme Court?

The Fourth Circuit concluded the revised travel ban likely violates the Establishment Clause, noting that its “text speaks with vague words of national security but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination.” The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a brief asking the Supreme Court to review the Fourth Circuit’s recent decision temporarily preventing President Donald Trump’s

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New Legislation Would Make Local Police Officers Federal Agents

If the Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act passes, it could set a dangerous precedent that would allow the federal government to nationalize the police and limit local authority to manage their police departments. Local officials have historically been responsible for managing local police departments in the United States, and officials in more than 19,000 cities

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The Attorney General Defined Sanctuary Cities. Here’s What You Need to Know.

On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued the government’s first official definition of “sanctuary cities” and made it clear that President Trump’s power to cut off funding from local governments on the basis of immigration policy is limited to cities that “willfully refuse to comply” with a specific section of federal law. For the most

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Dueling Lawsuits Challenge and Defend Texas Sanctuary Jurisdictions Law

It is not just the president who wants to curtail sanctuary jurisdictions — states are getting in on the action, too. Unsurprisingly, local governments are pushing back. On May 7, 2017, Gov. Greg Abbott signed SB 4 into law in Texas. Among numerous other stipulations, it requires local governments to honor Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers,

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