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Chicago to file federal lawsuit over sanctuary cities threat

AP  |  Chicago 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says will continuing fighting President Donald Trump's immigration policies with a lawsuit alleging it's illegal for the to withhold public safety grants from so-called sanctuary cities.

The federal lawsuit is expected to be filed today. A day earlier Emanuel said won't "be blackmailed" into changing its values as a welcoming city.

officials say there are new qualifications for a grant requiring cities to share information with federal immigration authorities, which they allege are unconstitutional.

Chicago received over USD 2 million in such grants last year, which have been used for buying police vehicles.

Two firms are helping Chicago with the case on a pro bono basis.

Federal officials threatened to withhold funding for sanctuary cities, saying they don't comply with federal laws.

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First Published: Mon, August 07 2017. 19:42 IST