President Donald J. Trump Tuesday scored a big win in federal court in his fight against illegal alien sanctuary locales.
“The Trump administration can withhold millions of dollars in law enforcement grants to force states to cooperate with U.S. immigration enforcement, a federal appeals court in New York ruled Wednesday in a decision that conflicted with three other federal appeals courts,” according to WTTG.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Manhattan overturned a lower court decision that forced the federal government to continue providing federal law enforcement funding to states and cities that ignore federal law.
Sanctuary locales typically disallow local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities like U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE).
But the Second Circuit said that it’s within the Trump administration’s rights to withhold federal funding from those locales – specifically New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Washington, Massachusetts, Virginia and Rhode Island, along with New York City.
“The states and city sued the U.S. government after the Justice Department announced in 2017 that it would withhold grant money from cities and states until they gave federal immigration authorities access to jails and provide advance notice when someone in the country illegally is about to be released,” according to the report.
The Trump administration has recently ramped up its efforts against sanctuary cities, and ICE has specifically targeted New York City by subpoenaing the city for records on four illegal aliens residing there. Subpoena power is something ICE has always had, but only recently began using against “sanctuaries.”
The Department of Justice also recently filed two lawsuits against sanctuary locales — one against the state of New Jersey for refusing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities, and another against King County, WA, which banned ICE from using its airports to charter flights carrying deportees.
Meanwhile, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have proposed legislation that strip federal anti-crime funding from “sanctuary” cities and states.
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