Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel sued the Trump administration Monday over its threat to withhold funding from sanctuary cities.
Emanuel argues that the Justice Department wants to slap unfair conditions on a long-running federal crime prevention grant, the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant.
He vowed that he won't let the DOJ force Chicago to choose between being a welcoming city to illegal immigrants and protecting their police force.
“It is a false choice and a wrong choice," Emanuel said at a news conference. "Chicago will not let our police officers become political pawns in a debate."
On "America's Newsroom" today, Judge Andrew Napolitano explained that the question is if the administration can withhold Byrne grants from cities that don't cooperate with the federal government in enforcing U.S. immigration law.
"Here's the issue: The Byrne grants that Mayor Emanuel is talking about came from the Obama administration. There was no string attached," Judge Napolitano said. "The Trump administration has not yet passed a budget. So Attorney General Sessions is trying to add a string after Congress gave the money out. The courts will stop him."
He noted that Emanuel, however, will be in a bind after October because the grants will be coming as part of Trump's budget and they will have these "strings" attached.
As for the motivation behind the lawsuit, Judge Napolitano said Emanuel is either trying to protect the independence of his city or he's trying to poke the Trump administration because he doesn't like their politics.
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