Today U.S. District Court Judge John Bates issued one more ruling taking the Trump Administration to task for rescinding the DACA program last year — though he gave the government 90 days for a do-over.
Last week, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a nationwide permanent injunction that prohibits the Department of Justice from withholding federal grants to police departments in jurisdictions with so-called “sanctuary city” policies.
Back in January, the Department of Justice sent letters to several cities and counties, including King County, expressing concern over sanctuary city policies, demanding further documentation of existing policies, and threatening consequences if its demands are not met. Yesterday the DOJ sent the same letter to the City of Seattle, with the same demands and threats.
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.