President Trump was handed another in a string of wins on Wednesday, this time from a federal appeals court regarding sanctuary cities.
The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York just overturned a ruling from a lower court that initially stopped the Trump administration from withholding grant money from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program. The program doles out over $250 million each year to state and local outfits.
“Today’s decision rightfully recognizes the lawful authority of the Attorney General to ensure that Department of Justice grant recipients are not at the same time thwarting federal law enforcement priorities. The grant conditions here require states and cities that receive DOJ grants to share information about criminals in custody. The federal government uses this information to enforce national immigration laws–policies supported by successive Democrat and Republican administrations. … All Americans will benefit from increased public safety as this Administration is able to implement its lawful immigration and public safety policies.”
Via Fox News:
“The latest decision conflicts with rulings from other appeals courts across the country concerning sanctuary policies, indicating a Supreme Court review is ultimately likely.
New York City and liberal states including New York, Washington, Massachusetts and Connecticut sued the government, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York backed them — ordering the money be released and stopping the government from putting immigration-related conditions on grants.
But the appeals court ruled that it “cannot agree that the federal government must be enjoined from imposing the challenged conditions on the federal grants here at issue.”
“These conditions help the federal government enforce national immigration laws and policies supported by successive Democratic and Republican administrations,” the court ruled. “But more to the authorization point, they ensure that applicants satisfy particular statutory grant requirements imposed by Congress and subject to Attorney General oversight.”
It also disagreed with the district court’s claim that the conditions intrude on powers reserved only to states, noting that in immigration policy the Supreme Court has found that the federal government maintains “broad” and “preeminent” power.”
This is a huge win for President Trump and all Americans. Do you agree?