Law Scholars Back Chicago In Sanctuary City Fight With DOJ

Law360, Washington (September 1, 2017, 2:50 PM EDT) -- A group of legal scholars joined a growing coalition backing Chicago’s effort to halt the Trump administration’s efforts to require “sanctuary cities” to aid federal immigration authorities as a condition to receiving a law enforcement grant.

The 13 administrative, constitutional and immigration law experts argued that given Congress’ constitutional power of the purse, the executive branch lacks authority to impose such conditions on the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program. Their brief said that given the ubiquity of federal funding, granting the executive such authority threatened the balance between federal and state authority and endangered local sovereignty.

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