Category: sanctuary jurisdictions

In the Senate, Immigration Reform Hits a Wall

This week, the Senate took up debate on immigration reform, a long-awaited moment for both this chamber and the country. On the table were several politically charged issues, including both the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and President Trump’s proposed border wall. But after a week of unsuccessful bargaining and a series of

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In Letter, Department of Justice Again Challenges “Sanctuary Jurisdictions”

Once again, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has sent letters to 23 jurisdictions (fourteen cities, six counties and three states) demanding proof that each jurisdiction is not restricting the sharing of citizenship or immigration status information by its law enforcement officers or other government officials with federal immigration authorities. The DOJ is accusing these jurisdictions

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Court Permanently Strikes Down Trump Sanctuary Cities Order

In April, a federal district court issued a nationwide preliminary injunction preventing the Trump administration from enforcing the sanctuary jurisdictions portion of the Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States executive order (EO). Now, the same federal court has made that injunction permanent — effectively halting enforcement until further notice. According to

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Federal District Court Rules in Favor of Philadelphia in Sanctuary Jurisdiction Case

Congress created the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (Byrne JAG) in 2005 to provide “flexible” funding for state and local police departments. In April 2017 the Department of Justice (DOJ) required Philadelphia (and eight other jurisdictions) to provide documentation that it complies with 8 U.S.C. 1373, which prohibits states and local governments from restricting employees

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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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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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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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