The Trump administration made an effort to punish so-called ‘Sanctuary Cities’ that ignore U.S. immigration law.
The case went to the 9th Circuit Court, which is notoriously liberal, and they STILL ruled in Trump’s favor.
The Hill reports:
9th Circuit rules in favor of Trump admin in ‘sanctuary city’ case
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ruled in favor of the Trump administration’s efforts to prioritize federal dollars for local policing to towns and cities that complied with certain immigration policies.
The ruling, a split 2-1 decision, said the Department of Justice (DOJ) was within its rights to withhold Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grants from sanctuary cities and states over their refusal to work with federal immigration enforcement authorities and instead prioritize agencies that focused on unauthorized immigration and agreed to give Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) access to jail records and immigrants in custody.
The city of Los Angeles first sued the administration after it was denied a $3 million grant on the grounds that it did not receive the money because it did not focus on immigration for its community policing grant application. The decision reversed a district court’s ruling.
“The panel rejected Los Angeles’s argument that DOJ’s practice of giving additional consideration to applicants that choose to further the two specified federal goals violated the Constitution’s Spending Clause,” wrote Judge Sandra Ikuta, joined by Judge Jay Bybee.
The left is going to react to this exactly as you would imagine. With outrage.
The Washington Examiner has more:
“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,'” Sandra Ikuta, one of the two judges in the majority, wrote. “DOJ has reasonably determined that cooperation on illegal immigration matters furthers the purposes of the Act.”
The Justice Department praised the decision.
“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 Justice Department said in a statement.
This was the right decision.
American cities do not get to decide which federal laws they want to follow.