President Trump notched a win on Friday in a federal appeals courtroom, which upheld a Division of Justice technique for cracking down on sanctuary cities.
In a 2-1 resolution that overturns a nationwide injunction, the DOJ is now allowed to present preferential therapy for neighborhood policing grants to cities that do not defy federal immigration enforcement.
“The department is pleased that the court recognized the lawful authority of the administration to provide favorable treatment when awarding discretionary law enforcement grants to jurisdictions that assist in enforcing federal immigration laws,” the DOJ mentioned in a assertion.
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Whereas the Trump administration has confronted quite a few obstacles in chopping funding to sanctuary cities, the ninth Circuit Courtroom of Appeals seems to make an exception for the Group Oriented Policing Companies (COPS) grant program, which is supposed to assist cities rent extra police officers.
Different components in this system’s “points” system embrace the hiring of veterans, and the incidence of faculty shootings inside a jurisdiction. In 2017, the DOJ below then-Lawyer Basic Jeff Classes applied factors that profit non-sanctuary cities.
Judges Sandra Ikuta and Jay Bybee, who dominated within the DOJ’s favor, had been appointees of President George W. Bush.
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“Cooperation relating to enforcement of federal immigration law is in pursuit of the general welfare, and meets the low bar of being germane to the federal interest in providing the funding to ‘address crime and disorder problems, and otherwise … enhance public safety,'” Ikuta acknowledged.