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San Francisco sued the Trump administration over ‘sanctuary city’ funds


The city of San Francisco on Monday filed a lawsuit against President Trump’s administration, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Times reported Monday that the suit claims the Trump administration is not allowed to threaten to withhold grant money from so-called “sanctuary cities” by law.

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera is reportedly seeking a federal injunction to block the federal government from imposing new grant-funding conditions on cities nationwide.

The conditions would require impacted cities to aid federal immigration officials in the detention and transfer of people in the U.S. illegally.

“These conditions do not appear in any federal statue, and they do not reflect the will of Congress in appropriating funds…” the lawsuit said.

“To the contrary, the new conditions are simply the latest attempt by the Trump Administration to coerce state and local jurisdictions into carrying out the federal government’s immigration enforcement priorities.”

Some Twitter users on Monday criticized the city’s lawsuit, which was reportedly filed against Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice.

Other people on the social media platform suggested commented upon a similar lawsuit from the state of California against the Trump administration.

Sessions has threatened to withhold federal law enforcement grants from cities if they do not certify that their laws comply with federal requirements.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) was expected to attend a news conference with Herrera Monday announcing San Francisco’s suit.

A spokesperson for Becerra’s office told Reuters Monday, meanwhile, that California would sue Trump’s administration over threats to withhold funds from sanctuary jurisdictions.

Cities must give federal immigration officials access to their detention centers and 48 hours before releasing illegal immigrants to qualify for the federal funds in question.

Trump repeatedly promised during his 2016 presidential election campaign to crack down on illegal immigration and more tightly secure America’s borders.

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