On March 21, HPSRD Attorney Chirag Badlani spoke at the Segal McCambridge Public Affairs Forum about “Sanctuary Cities,” the implications of local policies barring entanglement with federal immigration enforcement, and the legal issues involved in current challenges to federal attempts to cut funds to cities with such policies. Chirag was joined by Fred Tsao, Senior Policy Counsel at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), and attendees included attorneys, business leaders, and members of the federal judiciary. The Segal McCambridge Public Affairs Forum is a series of presentations led by prominent speakers dedicated to creating meaningful dialogue on local, national and global issues. Past speakers have included Lori Lightfoot, Chair of the Chicago Police Board, and Jim O’Shea, former Managing Editor of the Chicago Tribune.
HSPRD has filed numerous amicus briefs on behalf of law enforcement leaders in support of cities and states’ challenges to the Trump Administration’s efforts to entangle local policing with federal immigration enforcement through conditions on federal funds. Numerous law enforcement and prosecution leaders urge the courts to block the Department of Justice from requiring jurisdictions to abandon local policies designed to build trust with immigrant communities in order to receive essential federal funds that support local law enforcement initiatives. Together with the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection (ICAP) at Georgetown University Law Center, HSPRD has filed briefs in challenges brought by the cities of Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, the County of Santa Clara, and the State of California.
If you have questions about HSPRD’s role in defending Sanctuary Cities, please contact us.
Read a sample amicus brief here.