Today Attorney General Jeff Sessions, under cover of Trump’s public criticism of his job performance, quietly moved forward with updating the requirements for one type of grant to state and local law enforcement agencies in order to crack down on so-called “sanctuary city” policies.
Yesterday the House of Representatives passed a bill that would rewrite the rules for so-called “sanctuary cities,” and leave Seattle out of compliance — that is, if the Senate also approves it and the courts find it constitutional, neither of which look likely.
At the end of March, the City of Seattle filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over its threats to withhold federal funding from so-called “sanctuary cities.” Today, the Trump administration responded with a motion to dismiss the case.
I reported earlier that Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo earlier this week clarifying many issues related to the Trump administration’s executive order threatening to withhold federal funding from so-called “sanctuary cities.” On Monday, the DOJ also filed a motion asking the judge in the San Francisco and Santa Clara lawsuits to reconsider his ruling placing a preliminary injunction on the government’s ability to implement Trump’s executive order. The DOJ’s motion provides further interpretation of Sessions’ memo and what it means for sanctuary cities.
Yesterday Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo that defines a “sanctuary city” for the purposes of interpreting President Trump’s executive order that withholds federal funding from such cities.
This afternoon, Judge William H. Orrick of the U.S. District Court of Northern California issued a nationwide preliminary injunction barring the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security from enforcing part of President Trump’s executive order withholding federal grant funds from so-called “sanctuary jurisdictions.”
On Friday, the Justice Department sent letters to nine jurisdictions requiring them to certify that they are in compliance with the federal law requiring certain forms of cooperation with federal authorities in enforcing immigration laws. But Seattle was not one of the recipients.
This morning, Council members Lorena Gonzalez and Tim Burgess announced that they will be submitting legislation to create a $1 million fund to provide legal support for immigrants and refugees in their civil immigration court proceedings.
This afternoon, Mayor Ed Murray and City Attorney Pete Holmes announced that they have filed a lawsuit on behalf of the city against President Trump, Attorney General Sessions, and Secretary of Homeland Security Kelly over Trump’s January 25th executive order directing a crackdown on so-called “sanctuary cities.”
Daniel Ramirez’s legal team is following an unusual strategy. It’s keeping his case alive, but now it’s also keeping him locked up.