Seattle sues Trump administration over sanctuary city ban

Seattle has a sort of don't ask, don't tell policy when it comes to immigration status, something Holmes said doesn't violate federal law, despite Trump's and Sessions' repeated assertions otherwise.

At the other end of the country, James Duff Lyall, the executive director of the ACLU of Vermont cites the recent arrests of three immigrant activists in his state as proof that the Trump administration is resorting to fear tactics to silence protected political speech. Federalism experts say that case law has built up doctrines that help states maintain their resistance. "Bullying and misstating the facts will not stand in the way of how the real laws of this country are enforced".

The suit also argues that the order violates Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution, by withholding federal money unrelated to immigration enforcement in an attempt to force the city to comply.

On Wednesday Mayor Murray filed suit in district court claiming in part the executive order can not force the city's police department to enforce federal immigration laws.

The Justice Department on Tuesday declined to comment further. "Such policies make their cities and states less safe - public safety as well as national security are at stake - and put them at risk of losing federal dollars".

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"We are not breaking any laws and we are prioritizing safety", Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said, according to member station KUOW. But other grants went to smaller, specific programs - almost $1 million for body cameras for sheriff's deputies in Broward County, Florida; $1.2 million in Charlotte, North Carolina, to help cut the backlog of rape kit testing; $12,966 to cover police involvement in the city of Lawndale, California's Youth Day parade and at the Fourth of July fireworks celebration. They also vowed to prevent federal agents from accessing their schools and school records, and they openly contemplated employing cities' rarely-used oversight and subpoena powers to investigate federal immigration practices. During his weekly broadcast on NY1 he said the administration's threat was simple posturing.

"The expectation that the federal government will enforce our immigration laws is reasonable, and our government has a duty to meet it".

Generally, they limit the amount of cooperation and information provided by local police to USA immigration and customs enforcement - or ICE - agents.

"Chelsea feels very strongly that treating all residents regardless of their immigration status with dignity and respect is not only the appropriate policy to have but it's also the one that secures our city the most". First, it argues, Seattle is not in violation of the relevant federal statute, known as Section 1373.

"It uses terms that are vague and not defined, does not spell out the particular enforcement objectives of the Secretary and Attorney General, and does not describe in an intelligible manner the federal Executive Branch's understanding of the requirements purportedly imposed by Section 1373", the lawsuit reads.

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