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Federal Court hands Trump a sanctuary win on immigration laws

The long-fought battle in the ongoing sanctuary war, took another legal twist on Wednesday when a federal appeals court overturned a lower court ruling, that initially stopped the Trump Administration’s attempt to withhold grant money to sanctuary cities, violating existing federal immigration laws.

Wednesday’s ruling by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York overturned the previous 2017 lower court ruling that denied grant money from the “Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program,” which doles out over $250 million dollars annually to New York State, regardless of immigration violations.

A Department of Justice spokesperson acknowledged the court ruling in a prepared statement.

“Today’s decision rightfully recognizes the lawful authority of the Attorney General to ensure that the Department of Justice grant recipients is 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.”

Adding, “All Americans will benefit from increased public safety as this Administration is able to implement its lawful immigration and public safety policies.”

The ongoing immigration battle from the moment the President took office against progressive cites and states that created illegal sanctuary laws, as a guise to obstruct federal immigration laws has resulted in chaos and mayhem for its citizens, within those enclaves.

Back in 2017 New York City and State along with Washington, Massachusetts, and Connecticut sued the federal government, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York backed them, ordering that the grant money be released, stopping the Trump Administration from putting immigration-related conditions on grants.

However, this latest ruling by the appeals court stating it “cannot agree that the federal government must be enjoined from imposing the challenging conditions on the federal grants here at issue.”

Adding, “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.”

The appeals court also shot-down the lower courts’ contention that the administration is intruding on powers specifically reserved to the states, noting that the Supreme Court had already ruled that the federal government maintains “broad” and “preeminent” power.

Wednesday’s ruling is an important win for the administration’s efforts in cracking down on illegal criminal aliens and “sanctuary” policies that endangers its citizens and limits local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration policies that identify criminal aliens for deportation.

However progressive like New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has stated that he will use the courts to once again fight President Trump’s immigration policies, which suggests that this fight is far from being over.

This next immigration battle will no doubt be fought all the way to the Supreme Court, however, there’s also something brewing legislatively, that is getting attention.

Two enterprising Republican lawmakers from the great state of North Carolina, notably Senator Thom Tillis and Rep. Ted Budd have co-sponsored legislation in Congress that would first, reimburse jurisdictions that comply with ICE detainers, and protect sheriffs against wrongful detention claims made by third parties.

Secondly, allows victims of illegal criminal aliens released by sanctuary cities, the right to sue those cities for damages.

In a recent press release Congressmen, Ted Budd outlined the core principles of their legislation, “It is clear that sanctuary cities’ failure to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement has had a real cost on society, both economically and in terms of human lives. That’s why in July, my colleagues and I introduced the Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act which allows families and victims of sanctuary city policies to sue the city for failing to comply with detainer requests from ICE. Now, my colleagues and I are introducing legislation that goes further and incentives local law enforcement to comply with federal detainer requests. The Immigration Detainer Enforcement Act does just that.”

Budd continued, “This bill, along with the Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act, lays out a clear incentive-based approach that takes all the excuses away from sanctuary cities and would make it an easy decision to cooperate with federal law enforcement. This is a common-sense proposal that will protect our communities and help save American lives.”

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6 COMMENTS

  1. AMEN
    EVEN IMMIGRANTS WERE HURT BY (INVADERS). illegals.
    AND AMERICANS HURT & KILLED.OUR AMERICA HAD LEGAL WAYS
    TO ENTER, MAKING LINE JUMPERS CRIMINALS.
    NEVER DID LIKE LINE JUMPERS ANYWHERE.
    AMERICAN

  2. Well done! A long time coming. As the article reads, it is common sense to protect citizens and prosecute the illegals for crimes they commit and allowing the injured to sue the city. For cities to free criminals illegal or legal is just stupidity. Sanctuary cities? 👎

  3. HURRAH!

    Commonsensical objective application of the federal Supremacy Clause superseding illegitimate state partisan manipulations. Finally, an appellate decision for Americans, not, illegal aliens.

    Now, what about taking care of the increasing American homeless crisis? Totally ignored be Pelosi, et al., especially in her home state of California, for months, during the illegal impeachment proceedings.

    In God We Trust.

  4. To hold the city risponsible is to pinolise the tax payers of which most don’t agree with such decision make by their representatives ,they say the buck stop here ,so that person or group who make such decision should be held responsible

  5. Way to go, Senator Thom Tillis and Rep. Ted Bud! A common sense law regarding immigration policies with both a carrot and a stick. I like the way your proposed bill sounds. Now all you have to do is get it pushed through both the Senate (should be fairly easy with Republican majority) and the House (might have to wait until after this coming election given current demokraut majority). I hope it passes both.

  6. I glad this action has taken place, it will now be possible for American citizens rights that have been violated, can now get justice in the Sancuary cities that have violated the legal rights of the Americans, Sancuary cities are just wrong in defending the illegal immigrants, with their violation of the rights of law abiding Americans citizens.

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