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AG Sessions implements Executive Order banning sanctuary city funding

  1. Date Announced

    May 22, 2017

    Attorney General Sessions issues a memorandum implementing section 9 of Executive Order 13768, prohibiting federal grants to sanctuary jurisdictions. Sessions reports that the funding bar will be applied solely to federal grants administered by DOJ or DHS, and not to other sources of federal funding. Sessions also defines sanctuary jurisdiction as any jurisdictions that "willfully refuse to comply with 8 U.S.C. 1373."

    [ID #143]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    May 22, 2017
  3. Subsequent Action

    April 18, 2018

    This policy has been enjoined nationwide in City of Chicago v Sessions and City and County of San Francisco v. Trump. On April 19, 2018, in City of Chicago v. Sessions (1:17-cv-05720)(N.D. Ill.), the Seventh Circuit upheld the District Court's preliminary injunction, holding that the District Court did not err in finding Chicago likely to succeed on the merits (that DOJ lacked the statutory authority to impose the conditions) and did not abuse its discretion in granting a nationwide injunction because effective relief from this nationwide policy could not be limited to just the City. Subsequently, on August 15, 2019, by the plaintiffs' stipulation, the Ninth Circuit dismissed the plaintiffs' request for a nationwide injunction and closed this case.

    **Litigation is listed for informational purposes and is not comprehensive. For the current status of legal challenges, check other sources.**

    City and County of San Francisco v. Trump

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