The city of Seattle is suing the Trump administration over its recent sanctuary city ban.
The suit is essentially asking a federal judge to declare Trump’s order “unconstitutional” on the basis that it violates the 10th Amendment because it forces the city to enforce federal immigration law.
Trump’s ban would strip federal funding from cities that declare themselves “sanctuary cities.” The suit claims that the order violates Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution, by withholding federal money that is not associated with immigration enforcement.
Reportedly, Seattle is expected to receive at least $55 million in federal funds and another $99 million for infrastructure projects.
“Seattle will not be bullied by this White House or this administration,” Mayor Ed Murray said Wednesday. “The federal government cannot compel our police department to enforce federal immigration law and cannot use our federal dollars to coerce Seattle into turning our backs on our immigrant and refugee communities.”
Trump’s order states that cities deeming themselves sanctuaries “willfully violate federal law in an attempt to shield aliens from removal from the United States.”
Although Trump has not specifically said Seattle is a sanctuary city, the city’s laws currently prohibit city employees from asking about someone’s immigration status. However, it does exempt police officers from the prohibition.
“This lawsuit represents Seattle’s attempt to mute histrionics in favor of a plain statement of the law,” Seattle city attorney Pete Holmes said Wednesday. “I hope the president will refrain from tweeting his legal opinion before our courts have an opportunity to do so.”
San Francisco has also filed suit against the sanctuary city order.
H/T: The Hill
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