Mosby Joins Lawsuit Against DOJ, Arguing it’s Coercing Cities into Enforcing Immigration Law

9/6/17

By Ethan McLeod, Baltimore Fishbowl

Baltimore’s top prosecutor has backed a federal lawsuit against Donald Trump’s Justice Department that says the agency is illegally holding crime-fighting grant money over cities’ heads if they don’t enforce federal immigration law.

State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced yesterday that she’d filed an amicus brief supporting the challenge in the U.S. District Court of Northern Illinois. Her decision to join stems from a move by the U.S. Justice to exclude Baltimore, a city with one of the highest violent crime rates in the country, from a federally funded pilot program due to the city’s immigration policies.

“In joining this action, I affirm the principle that Baltimore is a ‘welcoming city,’ and it would be counterproductive to our efforts to improve public safety if we are distracted by the implementation of this flawed policy of the Trump administration,” Mosby said in a statement.

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