National Sentinel—Immigration policy: The court battles aimed at stopping the Trump administration from punishing law-breaking cities over immigration policy have begun.
Unmoved by the stunningly brutal violence on the city’s south side, where hundreds of mostly black men are gunned down and killed every year, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been stirred to act instead to stop the Justice Department from cutting off millions in funding over his “sanctuary city” policy. Defending illegal immigrants
Defending illegal immigrants is more important to Emanuel than defending law-abiding victims from being gunned down in their own neighborhoods.
The Washington Times reports:
Specifically Mr. Emanuel said the city will sue in federal court to stop Attorney General Jeff Sessions from restricting the use of Byrne Justice Assistance Grants which are federal funds awarded annually to state, local and tribal jurisdictions to assist with law enforcement personnel, training and equipment.
Chicago has planned to use $3.2 million in Byrne grants this year to buy vehicles for the city’s police department, but the Justice Department said last month that the city and more than 200 others risk losing funds for protecting illegal immigrants.
“We’re not going to actually auction off our values as a city, so Monday morning the city of Chicago is going to court, we’re going to take the Justice Department to court based on this,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said during an interview that aired Sunday on WLS radio 890, set to air Sunday, The Chicago Tribune reported Friday.
“We find it unlawful and unconstitutional to be, as a city, coerced on a policy,” added Mr. Emanuel, a second-term Democrat who served in the administrations of Presidents Clinton and Obama before being elected mayor in 2011.
Perhaps Emanuel should actually read the Constitution. If so, he would discover what is known as the “supremacy clause” — Article VI, Clause 2 — which establishes that the Constitution, federal laws made pursuant to it, and treaties made under its authority, constitute the supreme law of the land, not edicts from Left-wing mayors.
More than that, Byrne Justice Assistance Grants have specific compliance rules including this one: Cities receiving these grants must assist federal agencies charged with enforcing immigration laws. That means reporting the presence of illegal aliens in their cities, not adopting policies that shield illegal immigrants from deportation.
“So-called ‘sanctuary’ policies make all of us less safe because they intentionally undermine our laws and protect illegal aliens who have committed crimes,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said last week when announcing the funding crackdown. “These policies also encourage illegal immigration and even human trafficking by perpetuating the lie that in certain cities, illegal aliens can live outside the law.
“From now on, the Department will only provide Byrne JAG grants to cities and states that comply with federal law, allow federal immigration access to detention facilities, and provide 48 hours notice before they release an illegal alien wanted by federal authorities. This is consistent with long-established cooperative principles among law enforcement agencies,” he added.
Chicagoans should demand their mayor to comply with grant requirements which help better protect them instead of wasting tax money on baseless lawsuits because of misplaced concern for people who aren’t even citizens.
P/C Daniel X. O’Neil