US Trump administration seeks to limit court's 'sanctuary cities' order
Trump's immigration order replaces one crisis with another
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's immigration executive order attempts to solve one contentious action - the separation of families - but will bring back another - locking them up together indefinitely. The order, which Trump signed Wednesday, directs the Department of Homeland Security to keep families intact when they are caught crossing the border. However, it seeks to allow families to be detained together throughout the duration of their court proceedings."The administration's idea of a solution to a problem it caused is to keep children jailed indefinitely alongside their parents," Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., told McClatchy.
The Trump administration, escalating its fight with so-called sanctuary cities, asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to narrow a lower court's nationwide order preventing the federal government from denying public safety grants to municipalities that limit cooperation on immigration enforcement.
Trump seeks to modify settlement on child immigrant detentions
The Trump administration asked a federal court on Thursday to ease curbs on the detention of immigrant children who enter the country illegally with their parents, a key part of President Donald Trump's executive order aimed at ending the separation of immigrant families. In a filing in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the Justice Department asked a judge to modify a 1997 settlement that has been interpreted as setting a 20-day limit on detaining children who entered the country illegally, regardless of whether they entered with a parent.
The Justice Department asked the high court to make the injunction issued by a federal judge in Chicago cover only that city and not the entire country. Republican President Donald Trump's administration has gone on an offensive against Democratic-governed cities and states that protect illegal immigrants as part of his hard-line immigration policies.
The Justice Department said the injunction "strays far beyond the traditional, proper role of federal courts." The justices likely will ask the city of Chicago for a response before deciding on the request.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has criticized lower courts for imposing nationwide injunctions against some of the administration's most contentious policies.
Democratic AGs to sue Trump administration over family separations
Multiple states on Thursday announced they are suing the Trump administration over its policy of separating families who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border, saying the president's executive order does not resolve the issue.Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D) said he will lead a coalition of states in the lawsuit. Democratic attorneys general from Maryland and Massachusetts are among those who have signed on."This is a rogue, cruel and unconstitutional policy," Ferguson said in a statement. "We're going to put a stop to it."The lawsuit, expected to be filed Thursday in U.S.
Chicago sued the administration last year after Sessions said he would cut off cities from certain grants unless they allowed federal immigration authorities unlimited access to local jails and provided advance notice before releasing anyone wanted for immigration violations.
Since the injunction was issued last year, the Justice Department said it has not issued grants to the nearly 1,000 state and local jurisdictions that have applied, amounting to more than $250 million in funds.
The Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the injunction in April, saying Sessions likely exceeded his authority in imposing the conditions on the grants. The 7th Circuit said that because nationwide injunctions have such a powerful effect, judges should rarely grant them, but doing so was proper in this case.
Nationwide injunctions also have blocked Trump's bid to wind down a program protecting immigrants brought into the United States illegally as children from deportation, and to exempt more religious-based employers from a requirement that health insurance provided to employees covers birth control for women.
(Reporting by Andrew Chung; Editing by Will Dunham)
Judge orders Trump admin to begin reuniting immigrant families .
A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the Trump administration to immediately move to reunify immigrant families that were separated under the administration's "zero tolerance" policy.U.S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw granted a preliminary injunction to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) over the group's lawsuit challenging the policy, which has been met with widespread condemnation both domestically and abroad.
San Francisco Judge Blocks Trump Order On Sanctuary City Money
A federal judge on Tuesday blocked a Trump administration order to withhold funding from communities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities.
US judge blocks Trump sanctuary city order
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