(CBS) — The city of Chicago is threatening to sue the U.S. Justice Department, which has slapped conditions on a new grant the city hopes to use to hire additional police officers.
In a statement, Mayor Rahm Emanuel contended that complying with conditions for the $3.1 million grant would force the city to work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials and end its status as a sanctuary city.READ MORE: Annette Nance-Holt Confirmed As Chicago's First Black Female Fire Commissioner
Emanuel said in doing so, the city would “abandon its values” but added they “are not for sale.”READ MORE: Red Cross Seeking Donations As Blood Shortage Worsens
He said Chicago will remain “a welcoming city.”
A U.S. District Court judge in September issued a preliminary injunction against the Justice Department when it attempted to impose a similar condition on a different public safety grant.MORE NEWS: CTU: Layoffs Will Hit Hardest Schools On South, West Sides
City Corporation Counsel Ed Siskel issued a statement that said the Justice Department “should stop playing games,” or face another court challenge.