San Francisco sues over 'sanctuary cities' funding threat

California attorney general to sue Trump administration over `sanctuary city' threat

California officials have announced that they will sue the Department of Justice to block the government from withholding certain law-enforcement grants from sanctuary cities.

Attorney General Becerra has consistently pushed back on the federal government's threats over so-called "sanctuary jurisdiction" policies.

The federal government says the city and the state must comply with a new set of conditions when it comes to immigration or risk losing millions in law enforcement grants. If the entire nation adopted sanctuary policy, there would soon be no nation, because, as history has shown, a nation without control of its borders soon ceases to be independent.

"Today we will file a lawsuit to join with the city of San Francisco to make it clear we're intent on fighting crime", Becerra said.

California, however, took a different approach.

"The Trump Administration can not manipulate federal grant fund requirements to pressure states, counties or municipalities". And in flagrant disregard of Trump's order, California attempted to become the first-ever sanctuary state. He also argued that the executive order was unconstitutional.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said the Trump administration "will not simply give away grant dollars to city governments that proudly violate the rule of law and protect criminal aliens".

"By placing unconstitutional immigration enforcement conditions on public safety grants, the Trump administration is threatening to harm a range of law enforcement initiatives across California".

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced on Monday that The City and state will each file a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice over new public safety grant restrictions.

A year ago the program provided $263.9 million nationwide; under the new guidelines, California could potentially lose $28.3 million and San Francisco could see a loss of up to $1.4 million already slated for multiple city departments including SFPD, the Sheriff's department, the District Attorney's office and the Public Defender. By law, they are required to inform the feds when they have an illegal immigrant in custody, even if he or she has not been convicted of a crime.

Herrera compares these methods by the president to "burning a mountain of coal in the name of environmental protection", and calls them "a backdoor attempt to coerce states and local governments to carry out federal immigration enforcement".

The Justice Department responded to Chicago's lawsuit with sharp criticisms, accusing Chicago leaders of prioritizing illegal immigrants above the safety of police and citizens.

Asked for comment Tuesday, the Justice Department said that "while 48 hours' notice is ideal", the department "recognizes there are circumstances where detention facilities can not meet this requirement".

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