Portland plans to take a stand against President Donald Trump's executive order that says the administration will withhold federal grants from sanctuary cities that, like Portland, refuse to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.
At the urging of Mayor Ted Wheeler, the City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to join Seattle in suing over Trump's order, which the Seattle lawsuit asserts is unconstitutional. Commissioners Amanda Fritz and Dan Saltzman were absent.
"Five years ago, I never would have envisioned myself suing a president of the United States on an issue that I believe is an issue of morality, and yet here we are," Wheeler said. "It's very important that we're taking this action."
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a March press conference that the federal government would also take "all lawful steps to claw back any funds" awarded to sanctuary cities.