Washington Post — By Sari Horwitz and Mark Berman August 16, 2017 at 6:04 PM
Attorney General Jeff Sessions lambasted Chicago and its political leaders Wednesday, tying local policies on undocumented immigrants to soaring crime rates and threatening to withhold federal police grants if the city does not change.
In a speech in Miami, Sessions said that in Chicago “respect for the rule of law has broken down,” and he linked the increase in crime there last year to the city’s “so-called sanctuary policies.” Chicago is among the cities and counties that refuse to help detain and deport people who are in the country illegally.
“Every year, too many Americans’ lives are victimized as a result of sanctuary city policies, whether it be theft, robbery, drugs, assault, battery and even murder,” Sessions said. “We want to do everything we can to help state and local law enforcement, which is why we have federal grants to cities designed to aid in crime reduction.
“But we cannot continue giving federal taxpayer money to cities that actively undermine the safety and efficacy of federal law enforcement and actively frustrate efforts to reduce crime in their cities. So if voters in Chicago are concerned about losing federal grant money, call your mayor.”
Sessions’s comments came a little more than a week after Chicago, which is struggling to combat a recent surge in violent crime, filed a federal lawsuit against the Justice Department over its plan to withdraw grants.
In announcing the lawsuit, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) said that his city “will not be blackmailed into changing our values.”
On Wednesday, in response to Sessions’s latest comments, Emanuel invoked the controversy that has enveloped the White House over President Trump’s responses to the violence that erupted in Charlottesville this past weekend.
“In a week in which the Trump administration is being forced to answer questions about neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and the KKK, they could not have picked a worse time to resume their attack on the immigrants who see America as a beacon of hope,” Emanuel said in a statement. “Chicago will continue to stand up proudly as a welcoming city, and we will not cave to the Trump administration’s pressure because they are wrong morally, wrong factually and wrong legally.”
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