The cities of Lawrence and Chelsea plan to file a lawsuit in federal court in Boston Wednesday morning challenging President Trump’s executive order that would strip funding for so-called Sanctuary Cities, saying the president’s proposal is an unconstitutional penalty for communities that choose to not proactively aid immigration enforcement.
A Sanctuary City is a political term used to describe a community that has chosen, by local ordinance, not to proactively assist federal immigration authorities. But in his Jan. 25 executive order, Trump said that communities that hinder federal immigration enforcement – in violation, in his view, of federal laws – would be stripped of federal funding.
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