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LA sues over tying federal funds to immigration enforcement

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - The city of Los Angeles has sued the U.S. Department of Justice over its plan to sanction cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement efforts.

The Los Angeles Times reports Tuesday (http://lat.ms/2ynfxUc) that the city filed a lawsuit last week alleging that it's unconstitutional to tie federal grant funding for law enforcement programs to immigration enforcement.

The suit alleges the justice department is giving bonus points to jurisdictions seeking community policing grant funds if they agree to focus efforts on illegal immigration.

Los Angeles says it received $3 million in these funds last year.

The justice department did not respond to the newspaper's request for comment.

The Trump administration has sparred with immigrant-friendly cities over whether they should assist with immigration enforcement efforts.

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