President Trump's crackdown on "sanctuary cities" is making cities less safe and Seattle is going to fight it, Mayor Ed Murray says. The city filed a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday over Trump's Jan. 25 executive order, which withholds federal grants from cities that fail to comply with immigration officials, the Seattle Times reports. Murray slammed the Trump administration for trying to force cities to do the work of the federal government. "Let me be clear about the facts: We are not breaking any laws and we are prioritizing safety," he said, accusing Trump of declaring "war on cities." The mayor told reporters that the goal of the lawsuit is to have Trump's order declared unconstitutional.
"This administration has created an atmosphere of anxiety in cities across America," Murray said, per NBC News. "It is time for cities to stand up." Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes warned that the order was making people, including victims of domestic violence, afraid to report crimes. It's not clear whether Seattle, which could lose $150 million in federal funding this year, even qualifies as a sanctuary city, the Times notes: Police and other city employees have been directed to cooperate with immigration officials, but they are banned from asking about a person's immigration status unless legally required to. (US Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a warning to sanctuary cities on Monday.)