Circuit Court Rules Against Trump Administration Withholding Grants From Sanctuary Cities

(PatrioticPost.Com)- The court battle over blocking funding to sanctuary cities rages on.
On Thursday, an appeals court ruled that the Trump administration cannot withhold millions of dollars in federal grants targeted for law enforcement just because they’re in what’s known as sanctuary cities. This ruling goes against what another appeals court ruled earlier this year, meaning a trip up to the Supreme Court is possible.
The Trump administration has been fighting against these sanctuary cities, who have refused to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement agencies. They tried to deal a big blow to them by tying federal funding to their law enforcement agencies with cooperation.
Thursday’s ruling by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago said the ruling needed to be applied nationwide, and not just to the city of Chicago. Judge Ilana Rovner penned the sharply-worded ruling, saying the executive branch doesn’t have the power to withhold money that the legislative branch allocates. She wrote in part:
“Such a concentration of power would allow tyranny to flourish.”
She also said federal lawyers have expressed frustration “that Chicago, or any other jurisdiction can ‘simultaneously accept federal law enforcement grants, yet maintain local policies that frustrate federal immigration enforcement’
“But states do not forfeit all autonomy over their own police power merely by accepting federal grants. And the attorney general’s perception of the urgency of immigration enforcement does not corral for the executive branch the powers entrusted to the legislative branch. The executive branch has significant powers over immigration matters; the power of the purse is not one of them.”
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot “let out a cheer” following the ruling, she said.
“I have to give credit to former Mayor Rahm Emanuel for really understanding the importance of fighting this fight,” she continued. “And former corporation counsel Ed Siskel for putting together a team that understood we could not be dictated to simply because we embrace who we are as a city. We embrace our immigrants and refugees.”
In February, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said that isn’t true — that the Trump administration could apply the funding block to New York City and seven other states that had policies in place for sanctuary cities.
The first lawsuit in this case was initiated back in 2017. Localities sued the Trump administration because of the system it created to streamline the transfer of illegal immigrants from jails in local towns to authorities with federal immigration. The 2nd Circuit Court decision overturned a lower court decision that applied to New York, Washington, Massachusetts, Virginia, Rhode Island, New Jersey and Connecticut.
On March 5, President Donald Trump said he would immediately begin withholding funding from these sanctuary cities, following the 2nd Circuit Court’s decision. He tweeted:
“They should change their status and go non-Sanctuary. Do not protect criminals!”
Just this week, Trump doubled down on those comments, saying in regard to providing coronavirus aid to local governments:
“If you’re going to get aid to the cities and states for the kind of numbers you’re talking about, billions of dollars, I don’t think you should have sanctuary cities.”