The City of Chelsea has filed a federal lawsuit in Boston Federal Court on Wednesday morning against the Trump Executive order relating to Sanctuary Cities. The suit calls for the court to find the Executive Order unconstitutional. Trump’s order has steep financial penalties for cities that don’t comply essentially stripping them from federal funds.
From the Chelsea Record:
“On January 25, 2017, Defendant President Donald J. Trump signed Executive Order No. 13,768 entitled ‘Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,’” read the suit. “The Executive Order is a major affront to basic principles of federalism and the separation of powers. The Executive Order seeks, without congressional authorization, to commandeer local officials to enforce the federal government’s immigration policies, and threatens municipalities with crippling losses of funding, apparently including funding for programs with no connection to law enforcement, if the municipalities do not come to heel. Particularly for smaller and more impoverished cities and towns, the impact of this Executive Order is both immediate and chilling.”
The suit contains about 50 pages of arguments as to why the order violates both the 10th and 5th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, but one of the most interesting arguments made is that Chelsea is not a Sanctuary City – or rather a “Sanctuary Jurisdiction” as alluded to in the Order. The suit says Chelsea self-defines itself as a Sanctuary City under a City Council Resolution from 2007, and that does not mean it violates the law.
Expect more cities to move in this direction and perhaps join this lawsuit.
President Trump has definitely stirred the nation. And like cockroaches in a dark room, once the lights are turned on and they are all exposed, they scatter.