California Joins San Francisco in the Legal Battle over Sanctuary Cities

The state of California and San Francisco city are both involved in a lawsuit against the Trump administration for the continued pressure on sanctuary cities. The suit is but one of the litany of legal battles challenging Trump’s immigration policies.

San Francisco filed for the suit over the weekend, challenging the conditions put on prominent law enforcement grants to maintain pressure on sanctuary cities. The city termed the additional conditions the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants as unconstitutional. On another token, the state announced that it will go to court on Monday to file its own suit.

In its filing, San Francisco claims that the recent additional requirements are just a move by the federal administration to coalesce state and local jurisdiction into implementing its immigration enforcement laws.

“This move puts the crime-fighting resources in peril, and threatens the safety of California people, said Becerra. “Over $28 million funds from the federal government aimed at supporting law enforcement victims of crime and witnesses, prevention of recidivism and youth at risk are in subject.”

Chicago has also voiced its concerns regarding the additional requirement, but the Department of Justice spokesman scoffed off the allegations terming them as “Unfortunate” in a statement release on Monday.

Several cities in California, including San Francisco are experiencing the effects of the sanctuary policies,” said Spokesman Devin O’Malley. This statement comes following a recent series of high-profile murders that have been allegedly committed by undocumented immigrants. “Taking into account the multiple incidents plaguing California in recent years, it is unfortunate that state officials are adamant to limit the cooperation between the local authorities and immigration authorities that are expending efforts to maintain safety in California.”

This bone of contention stems from a July move by the Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, to stiffen the criterion through which the grants were disbursed. According to him, cities will be expected to show their utter commitment to work a hand in hand with federal immigration enforcement. That includes allowing the federal authorities access to detention facilities to make inquisitions about their immigration status and a 48-hour notice before a detained inmate is released.

The two conditions further expended the requirements on grants that are used for the worthy cause of fighting crime and other cases related to drug abuse, gangs, and violence: Not to mention compliance that makes it imperative for cities to communicate the immigration status of inmates to the federal authorities.

The condition started with the Obama administration last year and was received warmly by many cities, which actually complied. But the additional conditions – access to detention centers and the 48-hour notice – are not part of the current law, and Trumps focus on sanctuary cities has elicited raging outbursts, while the federal government rhetorically pitched its sentiments saying that sanctuary cities hardly cared about violent crime.