Appeals Court: Trump Can Withhold Financing from Sanctuary Cities

Appeals Court: Trump Can Withhold Financing from Sanctuary Cities

A federal appellate court on Wednesday ruled that President Trump’s administration can, in reality, keep federal funds from sanctuary jurisdictions that demand protecting criminal prohibited aliens from arrest and deportation.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that the Trump administration has the authority to keep federal grant money from sanctuary jurisdictions due to their failure to fulfill federal requirements that consist of complying with federal migration law.

The Second Circuit Appellate Court wrote in their introduction:

The principal legal question presented in this appeal is whether the federal government may deny grants of money to State and local governments that would be qualified for such awards however for their rejection to comply with three immigration‐related conditions imposed by the Attorney General of the United States.

In question was the Trump administration’s withholding 2017 Byrne Program Crook Justice Help grants from the states of New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Washington, Massachusetts, and Virginia for their failure to satisfy federal migration requirements due to their sanctuary policies.

The Second Circuit Appellate Court found that the Justice Department was not “arbitrary and capricious” in mandating that states and regions follow federal immigration law when allocating Byrne grant cash.

In 2017, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions imposed brand-new requirements that localities and states would have to follow– which included working together with federal migration authorities– in order to receive specific federal funds like Byrne grants.

The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York City.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder

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