BREAKING – Federal Judge in Chicago Blocks Trump From Defunding Sanctuary Cities

A Federal Judge in Chicago blocked the Trump administration’s rules requiring sanctuary cities to cooperate with immigration agents in order to get public funding in nationwide injunction, the Chicago Tribune reports.

U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber said in a 41-page ruling that the city has shown a “likelihood of success” in arguing that AG Sessions exceeded his authority.

The Chicago Tribune:

The preliminary injunction granted by Leinenweber applies to districts nationwide.

The U.S. Department of Justice wants to require sanctuary cities like Chicago to give notice when immigrants in the country illegally are about to be released from custody and allow immigration agents access to local jails. The new standards would also require local authorities to give 48 hours’ notice “where practicable” before releasing from custody people who federal immigration agents suspect of being in the country illegally.

This story is developing. TGP will update as more information becomes available.

As The Gateway Pundit previously reported, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made it clear that federal funding will be cut off to Mayors who operate ‘Sanctuary Cities.’

AG Sessions issued such warning to Chicago and its Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, decided to sue the Department of Justice, rather than crackdown on illegal immigration. 

Unfazed by the lawsuit, Sessions fired back at Emanuel, warning “comply with the law or forego taxpayer dollars.”

“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,” according to 911 Breaking News.

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