"We are not going to be in a position between picking our values of who we are as a welcoming city and... strengthening our police department،" Emanuel said on radio show on Sunday. Emanuel made it emphatically clear that he will not allow Sessions or other officials of the Trump Administration to violate citizens' "fundamental rights".
"We will always be a welcoming city", he continued, adding that local police departments rely on the cooperation of the immigrant community - both documented and undocumented.
Todd gets reaction from Robert Law, Government Relations Director for FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform.
The lawsuit is the first to challenge the Justice Department over the Byrne program but is not the first legal attack on the administration's sanctuary city policies. "So it's especially tragic that the mayor is less concerned with that staggering figure than he is spending time and taxpayer money protecting criminal aliens and putting Chicago's law enforcement at greater risk", the DOJ said in a statement to The Daily Caller News Foundation. The conditions also require cities to give federal immigration officials unrestricted access to detention facilities to interrogate suspected noncitizens, "effectively federalizing all of the city's detention facilities", the suit says. Opponents argue the federal government is essentially trying to deputize local law enforcement and that everyday policing is made more hard when people are afraid to talk to the officers for fear their immigration status will be uncovered.
The federal government's new rules would tie the grant to requirements that, among other things, cities give federal immigration authorities unlimited access to local police stations to interrogate arrestees, Chicago officials said. Dozens of local governments and cities, including NY and San Francisco, are part of the sanctuary movement. On June 1, a task force was formed by the Chicago police, IL state police and the ATF to combat the gun violence in the city.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, said the federal policies force the nation's third largest city to choose between its constitutional rights and funding for law enforcement.
Chicago, a regular target of criticism from Donald Trump because of its murder rate, expected to receive $3.2m this year that it planned to devote mostly to police vehicles. "He's brought discipline, no doubt, to that effort", Emanuel said.
Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel is pushing back against the federal government.
In a letter to Sessions, Republican Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry denied his city is a sanctuary for immigrants living in the country illegally and said he has been trying to work with immigration authorities since taking office in 2009.