Warren applauds judge for blocking Trump sanctuary city rules

Warren applauds judge for blocking Trump sanctuary city rules

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenExclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren Minimum wage setback revives progressive calls to nix Senate filibuster Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm MORE (D-Mass.) on Friday praised a federal judge that ruled against the Trump administration's rules requiring so-called sanctuary cities to help enforce federal immigration laws in order to receive funding, calling it “good news.”

“This is good news,” Warren said in a tweet. “At least for now, @realDonaldTrump & AG Sessions can’t bludgeon towns into complying with dumb & dangerous ICE policies.”

U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber issued a nationwide preliminary injunction against the Department of Justice on Friday after Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsManchin flexes muscle in 50-50 Senate Udalls: Haaland criticism motivated 'by something other than her record' Ocasio-Cortez targets Manchin over Haaland confirmation MORE announced new rules governing DOJ law enforcement grants.


Leinenweber said in his 41-page ruling that Chicago had shown a "likelihood of success" in its arguments that Sessions exceeded his authority in July when he announced that the DOJ would withhold public safety grants from sanctuary cities, which are cities that refuse to help federal authorities enforce immigration laws.

The city of Chicago sued the Trump administration last month over the DOJ’s threat to withhold those grants from sanctuary cities.

Sessions has previously blasted Chicago and other sanctuary cities, arguing that prohibiting law enforcement from cooperating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement made cities less safe.

“So-called sanctuary policies make all of us less safe because they intentionally undermine our laws and protect illegal aliens who have committed crimes,” Sessions said in a statement at the time.