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Ed Murray vs. Jeff Sessions on immigration enforcement Seattle sues Trump administration

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer The City of Seattle is suing the Trump administration over threats by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions to cut off federal funding to so-called ‘sanctuary cities.’ In its lawsuit, filed March 29, Seattle says that it is acting in accord with federal law and the US Constitution, and that the Trump administration has no cause to deny it federal funds to which it is entitled. At issue is Trump’s Executive Order 13768, which threatened to strip federal funding from sanctuary cities, and Sessions’ reading of US Code 1373, the federal law which says cities cannot block federal authorities from gaining information about an individual’s immigration status. Sessions made a surprise appearance at a March 27 White House press conference to issue an ultimatum to sanctuary cities, including Seattle. ‘The Department of Justice will require that jurisdictions seeking or applying fo

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