CHICAGO (AP) — The Department of Justice has asked a federal judge to toss a Chicago lawsuit targeting the Trump administration's bid to withhold public safety grants to so-called sanctuary cities refusing tougher enforcement of immigration laws.

The department's 26-page motion filed Wednesday says Chicago has no legal grounds for insisting on its "entitlement" to federal grants while simultaneously refusing to provide what the filing calls "basic cooperation in immigration enforcement."

The Trump administration has suffered legal defeats in the Chicago and other related lawsuits.

A California federal judge overseeing lawsuits brought by San Francisco and Santa Clara counties declared the linking of federal funds to immigration enforcement unconstitutional in November. The judge in Chicago has already placed a preliminary injunction on the policy.

The Justice Department has quickly appealed rulings against it.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.