LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) seeking an injunction, “…to prevent an arm of the Executive Branch of the United States Government from unconstitutionally seeking to wield authority it does not have to advance policy objectives it cannot lawfully effectuate—all at the potential expense of public safety in Los Angeles and other cities….”
The suit alleges it is unconstitutional for DOJ to impose civil immigration-related conditions on a formula-based program enacted by Congress to assist state and local law enforcement to prevent and reduce violent crime.
On July 25, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that pursuant to an Executive Order issued by President Trump, new immigration compliance requirements would be placed on all Byrne JAG grant applications. Jurisdictions that do not change their policies to align with these new requirements would be ineligible for the funds.
"We’re suing to block the Trump Administration from unconstitutionally imposing its will on our city. The Administration would put L.A. to the untenable choice of risking a key public safety grant or making LAPD an arm of federal civil immigration policy," said Feuer. "The Administration’s action is as ironic as it is unlawful, since the funds at stake support a model L.A. program targeting violent gang-related crime."
"We have a responsibility to the families of Los Angeles to always fight for their safety and protection," said Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson. "Our city is a beacon of light for the rest of the country because we do not compromise our values, regardless of what the federal government demands."