Over the weekend, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he intends to sue the Justice Department for withholding funding over their sanctuary city policy, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions put him in line really quick.
The feud started when Sessions announced that cities failing to comply with federal law would have certain grant funding denied to them until they started complying with the law. Quite simply put, if cities and townships try to protect illegal immigrants rather than work with federal law enforcement to remove dangerous people from the country, they’re not going to be getting any of the federal cash they rely so heavily upon.
Of course, Mayor Rahm, who’s overseen the worst violence spree in America’s history, chose not to look at new ways to make his city safer, but instead devote precious time and resources to fight the administration’s attempt to restore the rule of law.
Sessions isn’t having any of it.
The Chicago Tribune reported:
Mayor Rahm Emanuel‘s Law Department on Monday filed its much-touted lawsuit against President Donald Trump‘s Justice Department over its effort to withhold some grant funding from so-called sanctuary cities.
Emanuel wants a federal judge to block the Trump administration from enforcing its new policy, which would affect not just Chicago, but other major U.S. cities like New York and San Francisco. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ funding decision also would affect Cook County, which also holds sanctuary status and operates the largest single-site jail in the country.
The Justice Department quickly fired back in an emailed response that notes last year more people were killed in Chicago than New York and Los Angeles combined. “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 response stated.
Trump has long maintained that illegal immigration fuels crime, an assertion that critics say is not backed by statistics that show immigrants in the country without the required permission are less likely to commit crimes than U.S. citizens and legal residents. And Emanuel in a rare Sunday news conference maintained Trump’s policy would damage efforts to tamp down crime, because people in the city without documentation would then be afraid to cooperate with police.
Without missing a beat, Sessions released a scathing statement warning Emanuel he either needs to comply with federal law or he can kiss his federal cash goodbye.
Breaking 911 reported:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions today issued the following statement on the city of Chicago’s lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice for withholding federal funds due to sanctuary city status.
“No amount of federal taxpayer dollars will help a city that refuses to help its own residents.
“This administration is committed to the rule of law and to enforcing the laws established by Congress. To a degree perhaps unsurpassed by any other jurisdiction, the political leadership of Chicago has chosen deliberately and intentionally to adopt a policy that obstructs this country’s lawful immigration system. They have demonstrated an open hostility to enforcing laws designed to protect law enforcement — Federal, state, and local — and reduce crime, and instead have adopted an official policy of protecting criminal aliens who prey on their own residents. This is astounding given the unprecedented violent crime surge in Chicago, with the number of murders in 2016 surpassing both New York and Los Angeles combined. The city’s leaders cannot follow some laws and ignore others and reasonably expect this horrific situation to improve.
“The Mayor complains that the federal government’s focus on enforcing the law would require a ‘reordering of law enforcement practice in Chicago.’ But that’s just what Chicago needs: a recommitment to the rule of law and to policies that rollback the culture of lawlessness that has beset the city.
“This administration will not simply give away grant dollars to city governments that proudly violate the rule of law and protect criminal aliens at the expense of public safety. So it’s this simple: Comply with the law or forego taxpayer dollars.”
Boom! After eight years of lawlessness under the Obama regime, it’s nice to finally see these leftist mayors and governors be put in check.
It’s really quite simple; if they’re unhappy with current immigration law, then they need to elect people in Congress who will change it to something they like. Until then, they don’t get to ignore the laws that make them unhappy.
That’s not how this country works…