On Friday, September 15, U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber enjoined the U.S. Attorney General from imposing new conditions on federal funding. If imposed, the new conditions would threaten the sovereignty of Chicago and undermine its commitment to embracing immigrants within its borders. In awarding preliminary relief against the U.S. Attorney General, the Court found that Chicago will likely succeed in demonstrating that the new conditions are unconstitutional at trial. The preliminary injunction applies nationwide to any jurisdiction seeking funding through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel stated, “Chicago will never relinquish our status as a welcoming city.” We are very proud of the extraordinary results and inspirational pro bono work of the Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila and WilmerHale team.