Donald Trump tried to deny sanctuary cities funding unless they cooperated by enforcing immigration laws. On Friday that order was blocked by a federal judge.
According to The Chicago Tribune, U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber issued a nationwide preliminary injunction against the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday. This injunction comes after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the new rules governing DOJ law enforcement grants.
Judge Leinenweber said that Sessions abused and exceeded authority by denying grants to sanctuary cities.
Leinenweber, who was appointed by former President Ronald Reagan, said that the reason he blocked the policy was that there is “no reason to think that the legal issues present in this case are restricted to Chicago or that the statutory authority given to the Attorney General would differ in another jurisdiction.”
Sessions has expressed his anti-immigration views in the past and has even condemned sanctuary cities like Chicago because he says that they prohibit local law enforcement from aiding Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, which makes cities less safe.
“So-called sanctuary policies make all of us less safe because they intentionally undermine our laws and protect illegal aliens who have committed crimes,” Sessions said in a statement at the time.
“These policies also encourage illegal immigration and even human trafficking by perpetuating the lie that in certain cities, illegal aliens can live outside the law.”