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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel delivers his new public safety plan to combat gun violence for the nation's third-largest city at the Malcolm X Community College Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

The Justice Department pushed back on Chicago's sanctuary city lawsuit



The Department of Justice pushed back against Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's (D) announcement on Sunday that his city would file a lawsuit over sanctuary jurisdiction policies the following day.

“Chicago will not let our police officers become political pawns in a debate,” Emanuel said. “Chicago will not let our residents have their fundamental rights isolated and violated. And Chicago will never relinquish our status as a welcoming city.”

Emanuel said that Chicago was going to file a lawsuit against the DOJ for creating new stipulations to receive federal grants called "Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Programs."

The new requirements state that local governments have to alert the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) at least 48 hours before releasing inmates from local jails who are wanted by DHS agents.

In addition, local governments will give permission to DHS agents to enter local jails and interview inmates suspected of being undocumented immigrants.

A DOJ spokesperson said that Emanuel should be more worried about the city's murder rate than the new sanctuary policies.

“In 2016, more Chicagoans were murdered than in New York City and Los Angeles combined," Sarah Isgur Flores told Circa."So it’s especially tragic that the mayor is less concerned with that staggering figure than he is spending time and taxpayer money protecting criminal aliens and putting Chicago’s law enforcement at greater risk."

Emanuel rebuked her comments and argued that withholding federal grants from local law enforcement would violate the rights of Chicago residents.

“The city of Chicago may be the first to bring a lawsuit, but I’m also confident we will not be the last," he said.

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