(National Sentinel) Rewards: Last year the Trump administration vowed to withhold Justice Department grant money from “sanctuary cities” over their policies forbidding local police from cooperating with federal immigration authorities.
As a condition for receiving Byrne Justice Assistance Grants, cities and jurisdictions must cooperate with the federal government when it comes to enforcing immigration laws.
In particular, the Trump administration last year said it would condition the money on localities’ willingness to cooperate in holding illegal immigrants for pickup by federal deportation officers.
When Attorney General Jeff Sessions attempted to withhold grant money from the sanctuary city of Chicago, the Windy City sued and convinced a federal judge to rule against the Justice Department.
The suit tied up $200 million in grant money last year.
But things changed this week, as reported by The Washington Times:
…On Tuesday an appeals court narrowed the ruling, saying that while the district court could decide the fate of Chicago’s practices, it couldn’t tie the hands of the entire country.
The Justice Department said that cleared the way to dole out cash to departments that do abide by the cooperation conditions.
“After the stay was granted, the Justice Department promptly moved to begin the distribution of nearly $200 million in Byrne JAG funds to jurisdictions that share the department’s commitment to keeping criminal aliens off our streets and our law abiding citizens safe,” said Justice spokesman Devin O’Malley. “Reviews of some applications remain ongoing.”
Once again, POTUS Trump wins. But so do the American people, because the rule of law wins.
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