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Judge rules against withholding federal funds from 'sanctuary cities'

Sep 16, 2017 12:08 am
Jason Meisner and John Byrne report for the Chicago Tribune that a federal judge Sept. 15 blocked the Trump administration's rules requiring so-called sanctuary cities to cooperate with immigration agents to receive certain federal funds. U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber ruled that Chicago has shown a "likelihood of success" in its arguments that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions exceeded his authority in imposing new standards for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants. Locally, Hudson, New Paltz, Newburgh, Bethlehem, and Kingston are some of the towns that have adopted resolutions saying they will not support efforts to deport local workers. Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook) voted June 29 to punish so-called "sanctuary cities" with H.R. 3003. The bill passed 228-195 and would require cities to work closer with federal immigrant enforcement officials, and allows federal law enforcement funds to be withheld from cities that do not comply. Read the full story in the Chicago Tribune
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