On Friday, a federal judge in Chicago issued a national order stating that the recent efforts made by the Justice Department on curbing funding for so-called "sanctuary cities" were done so wrongfully, and must be stopped immediately. The judge, Harry Leinenweber of the Northern District of Illinois, stated that the Justice Department can require cities and states to expressly state that they are complying with federal regulations, but not under threat of financial power: one reserved strictly for Congress.
Jeff Sessions explained in July that if cities, such as Chicago, did not comply with these regulations, they would lose access to the federal funds designated by the Byrne Justice Assistance Grants, which were allocated about $376 million by Congress in fiscal 2016. Chicago, one of the so-called "sanctuary cities," was expected to receive $3.2 million through the program this year to buy equipment. They eventually sued the Department f Justice weeks later to stop the order from taking effect, contending that the order amounted to executive overreach.
Judge Harry Leinenweber states, "The Executive Branch cannot impose the conditions without Congressional authority, and that authority has not been conferred. […] The notice and access conditions therefore exceed statutory authority, and, consequently, the efforts to impose them violate the separation of powers doctrine."
OUR VERDICT: This is once again a set-back for the Trump administration's efforts to try and curb sanctuary cities in the United States. Although it isn't the most effective measure taken by the administration, many fear that with his latest ruling on DACA, Sessions and Trump might be working to change policies on this immigration front.