Munger Tolles Files Amicus Brief Opposing DOJ’s Funding Cut for Sanctuary Cities

Munger, Tolles & Olson represented the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition (IBIC) in filing an amicus brief supporting the City of Chicago in its lawsuit against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions challenging his proposed policies to withhold federal funding from cities that refuse to investigate the immigration status of residents. The city is seeking a preliminary injunction preventing the U.S. Department of Justice from enforcing the new policy.

In the brief filed Aug. 31, 2017, Munger Tolles described the vital role immigration plays in the Illinois and Chicago economies, the potential economic harm caused by the proposed policies and the public safety risk that stands to endanger the local business communities.

“These ill-advised conditions will undermine the substantial economic benefit that immigrants bring to the City and State in their capacities as consumers, employees, taxpayers, and entrepreneurs…Put simply, [the policies] are not just anti-immigrant—they are profoundly anti-business,” the brief states.

The Munger Tolles attorneys representing the IBIC include Chad Golder, Molly K. Priedeman and Nicholas S. Dufau.