City sues Trump administration over sanctuary city executive order

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USA attorney general and Deliverance extra Jeff Sessions engaged in some budgetary saber rattling yesterday, threatening to make good on a Trump Administration executive order that promised to withhold federal funding from cities that resist its hardline immigration stances.

The mayor of Seattle says that President Trump's order against sanctuary cities is unconstitutional, and he's suing over the city's right to disobey federal immigration authorities.

Another important point Sessions made was the fact that his order is based upon the policies put in place by the Obama administration previous year - policies it subsequently failed to follow through on.

"If Attorney General Sessions is so concerned about Seattle's safety, pulling law enforcement dollars from cities nationwide is the height of hypocrisy and makes us less safe", Murray said.

Under the executive order, Seattle could face $10.5 million in cuts to public safety programs.

"When immigrants can enrol their children in school, access healthcare for vaccinations and report crimes, our city and county is safer", she said.

Cities refusing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities start feeling the Trump administration's wrath.

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"What I'm saying today is that essentially the policies of the Obama administration that were issued last July make clear that you should not be receiving certain federal funds if you're not in compliance with (Section) 1373", he said in response to a question. Executives at these local entities have been bracing for bad news since late January when President Trump signed orders to clamp down on illegal immigration. While their success is far from certain, many legal experts think that that their claims against the federal government have more than a fighting chance.

The President has rightly said that this disregard for the law must end.

City officials and mayors across the country did not take kindly to the threat, and some pledged to defend their policies even if that means a loss in funding. "They can definitely stand a legal challenge in court".

The order also violates the Spending Clause, the lawsuit argues, and is causing "immediate harm" to Seattle by hampering its budget process.

Predictably, leftist leaders from these sanctuary cities and immigrant groups voiced their consternation and intent to rebel.

The announcement comes two days after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Department of Justice would turn up the pressure and withhold grants from "sanctuary" jurisdictions for not doing more to help the Trump administration capture and deport people living in the U.S. illegally.

"Such policies can not continue", Mr. Sessions said Monday, according to NPR. "They make our nation less safe by putting risky criminals back on our streets".

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