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Circuit Court: Jeff Sessions and Immigration Agents

circuit court: Attorney General Jeff Sessions argued it was wrong to apply an order nationally in a case brought by Chicago and that it should only apply to that city, according to The Chronicle Herald. Even before Friday's ruling, the Justice Department already took its objections about the injunction and other legal issues to the Chicago-based U.S. 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Harry Leinenweber's ruling comes a month after he imposed the preliminary injunction blocking the administration from tying the grants to two new conditions, that cities notify immigration agents when someone in the country illegally is about to be released from jail and allow agents easy access to jails. Leinenweber agreed in his written ruling that such a sweeping freeze was an extraordinary remedy that a U.S. district judge shouldn't resort to lightly. An injunction that only applied to Chicago would leave the Attorney General free to continue enforcing the likely invalid conditions against those applying for the public safety grants he wrote. But he said the legal issues in the Chicago case impact cities and counties nationwide and so a nationwide injunction is called for. ( As reported in the news.