Chelsea, Lawrence to sue over Trump’s sanctuary city order

The John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse is seen during the closing statements phase of the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev federal death penalty trial on Wednesday  May 13, 2015, in Boston. Tsarnaev is charged with conspiring with his brother to place two bombs near the Boston Marathon finish line that killed three and injured 260 spectators in April 2013. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
The federal courthouse in Boston. –Stephan Savoia / Associated Press

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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