“Houston City Council to join lawsuits against SB4, challenging sanctuary cities law”

JUNE 21, 2017

“The Houston City Council has voted to join in the lawsuits against SB4, challenging the sanctuary cities law.  The 10-6 vote was made at a council session Wednesday morning.

“’When you’re dealing with an issue like this that we can’t solve around the council table, the best way to do it is to utilize our democratic process. Put it in the court of law and let the courts decide, is it constitutional or is it not? That’s where it should be resolved,’ Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said.

“Turner wants the policies in Houston to be enforced properly.”

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“City of Austin files challenge against ‘sanctuary cities’ bill”

JUNE 2, 2017

“Officials with the City of Austin filed a lawsuit in federal court Friday to challenge Senate Bill 4 (SB 4), the ban on so-called ‘sanctuary cities’. The lawsuit alleges SB 4 violates of the U.S. Constitution.

“‘We want our day in court,’ Austin Mayor Steve Adler said minutes after the lawsuit was filed.

“‘For far too long, the legislature has been playing political football with the safety of our city,’ Adler added.

“Austin’s lawsuit is a motion to intervene, asking a judge to add the city to the lawsuit filed by the City of San Antonio and a handful of other organizations on Thursday. The Worker’s Defense Project is one of the organizations listed in the lawsuit.”

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“Judge will reconsider ruling blocking sanctuary cities order”

MAY 23, 2017

“A federal judge Tuesday agreed to reconsider his ruling blocking President Donald Trump’s executive order to cut funding from cities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities.

“U.S. District Judge William Orrick accepted the administration’s request to reconsider his April ruling. He gave the two California counties that challenged the executive order — San Francisco and Santa Clara — two weeks to file any documents opposing the request.

“The administration was facing a Tuesday deadline to file paperwork to seek a second review by Orrick.

“The Trump administration sought reconsideration in light of a new memo by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.”

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“Department of Justice Sends Letter to Nine Jurisdictions Requiring Proof of Compliance with 8 U.S.C. § 1373”

Office of the Attorney General
Friday, April 21, 2017

“Today, the Department of Justice sent the attached letters to nine jurisdictions which were identified in a May 2016 report by the Department of Justice’s Inspector General as having laws that potentially violate 8 U.S.C. § 1373.

“Additionally, many of these jurisdictions are also crumbling under the weight of illegal immigration and violent crime. The number of murders in Chicago has skyrocketed, rising more than 50 percent from the 2015 levels. New York City continues to see gang murder after gang murder, the predictable consequence of the city’s “soft on crime” stance. And just several weeks ago in California’s Bay Area, after a raid captured 11 MS-13 members on charges including murder, extortion and drug trafficking, city officials seemed more concerned with reassuring illegal immigrants that the raid was unrelated to immigration than with warning other MS-13 members that they were next.”

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“Faced with [City Attorney of San Francisco Dennis J.] Herrera lawsuit, Trump lawyer backs down on sanctuary cities”

“…Herrera sued the president on Jan. 31, 2017 over Trump’s unconstitutional executive order on sanctuary cities.  In today’s motion, San Francisco is seeking a nationwide prohibition on the Trump administration enforcing the section of the executive order that allows the federal government to withhold funding from “sanctuary jurisdictions.” Alternatively, Herrera is asking the court to find that San Francisco complies with the law that the executive order relies on, 8 U.S.C 1373, and could not have federal funds stripped from it on that basis.

“The court heard arguments in both San Francisco’s motion and a similar motion brought by Santa Clara County in a separate case. The court is expected to issue a written ruling in the future.”

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“Seattle files lawsuit against President Trump’s ‘sanctuary cities’ executive order”

“Today, the City of Seattle, under the direction of Mayor Ed Murray and City Attorney Pete Holmes, filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s “sanctuary cities” Executive Order (No. 13768, 82 Fed. Reg. 8799). The order threatened to strip federal funding from cities that refused to assist the federal government in immigration enforcement and was reiterated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week. In this suit, the City of Seattle seeks a declaration that it is acting consistently with federal law and that the U.S. Constitution precludes application of the Order to deny it federal funds to which it is otherwise entitled. Seattle, a welcoming city where City employees do not inquire about immigration status and where all services are available to every resident, will argue the order is unconstitutional and that the City has not violated federal law.”

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“San Francisco’s top civic attorneys all support call to stop using courthouses as bait in immigration enforcement”

“SAN FRANCISCO (March 16, 2017) — Today we join in unified support of Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye’s request that ICE refrain from operating immigration dragnets at California courthouses. As the chief justice so eloquently noted in her letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly:

‘Our courts are the main point of contact for millions of the most vulnerable Californians in times of anxiety, stress, and crises in their lives. Crime victims, victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence, witnesses to crimes who are aiding law enforcement, limited-English speakers, unrepresented litigants, and children and families all come to our courts seeking justice and due process of law. As finders of fact, trial courts strive to mitigate fear to ensure fairness and protect legal rights.’

“The work of our courts is critical to ensuring public safety and the efficient administration of justice. Enforcement policies that drive victims away from the courthouses — whether they be victims of crime or unfair labor practices — undermine the administration of justice. If witnesses are afraid to come to court and testify — for any side in a case — justice is not served and everyone loses…”

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