It’s home to millions of illegal aliens who grab work that should be going to Americans, and who cost taxpayers hundred of millions of dollars in educational services, healthcare services, and welfare programs.

It’s riddled with murders, drugs, gangs, violent crimes and poverty.  Even so, the city of Chicago will be moving forward with a federal lawsuit against the Trump administration alleging it’s illegal for the federal government to withhold public safety grants from sanctuary cities.   The announcement came from Mayor Rahm Emanuel late Sunday.

According to Emanuel the lawsuit will be filed on Monday.  He says the city won’t “be blackmailed into changing our values, and we are and will remain a welcoming City.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice say there are new qualifications for a public safety grant requiring cities and local law enforcement to share information about illegal aliens with federal immigration authorities.   The city of Chicago claims the qualifications are unconstitutional.

In 2016, the city of Chicago received roughly $2.3 million in such grants last year, which have been used for buying police vehicles, according the Associated Press.

Reportedly, two private law firms are spearheading the lawsuit for the city of Chicago on a pro bono basis.

According to the AP, the U.S. Department of Justice was asked to comment on the decision by Mayor Emanuel.  A DOJ spokesman, Ian D. Prior wrote in an email: “In 2016, more Chicagoans were murdered than in New York City and Los Angeles combined. So it’s especially tragic that the mayor is less concerned with that staggering figure than he is spending time and taxpayer money protecting criminal aliens and putting Chicago’s law enforcement at greater risk.”

As of now, so far this year the city of Chicago is on pace to outnumber the amount of homicides it racked up in 2016.