Yesterday the US Department of Justice sent another round of threatening letters to select cities and counties, pushing back on so-called “sanctuary city” policies.
This morning, Mayor Durkan, City Attorney Holmes, King County Council President Joe McDermott, and City Council member Lorena Gonzalez held a joint press conference to double-down on their support for the city’s “welcoming city” policies, to release a letter sent to the DOJ on the topic, and to announce funding for programs to support Seattle’s immigrant community and DACA recipients.
It was a full day for the Council, and beyond passing the budget the Council members did several other things as well.
The DOJ is once again stirring up the “sanctuary city” pot by sending letters to several cities questioning their policies. This time, Seattle made the list.
Today the attorneys general of fifteen states (including Washington) and the District of Columbia jointly sued the Trump Administration to stop Trump from rescinding the DACA program, as announced yesterday.
Let’s look at their legal arguments.
This morning the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security announced that they are ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
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.