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A judge just told Jeff Sessions he can't withhold money from sanctuary cities


A federal judge has ruled that Attorney General Jeff Sessions can't withhold public safety grant money to sanctuary cities, such as Chicago, for refusing to implement his tougher immigration policies.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber granted Chicago's request for a temporary "nationwide" injunction. The injunction means that the Justice Department can't deny requests for said grant money until Chicago's lawsuit against the department has finished. Leinenweiber wrote that Chicago's arguments had exhibited a "likelihood of success" and that Sessions had overstepped the bounds of his authority.

Chicago had originally refused to comply with the Justice Department's mandate that immigration officials be given access to local jails and notified when someone in the United States illegally is about to be released.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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