The court allowed trump to refuse funding for refuge cities
The Federal Court of Appeal ruled on the cities of refuge. The court ruled that the administration of US President Donald Trump may refuse to finance states that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. Writes about this Fox News.
The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York overturned the decision of a lower court that blocked the administration’s decision to withhold grant funds under the "Edward Byrne Memorial Assistance Grants Program." This program spends more than $ 250 million per year on state and local criminal justice efforts.
“Today’s decision rightfully recognizes the Attorney General’s legal powers to ensure that Justice Department grantees do not violate federal law enforcement priorities,” said a spokeswoman for the US Department of Justice. - Grant conditions require that states and cities receiving grants exchange information about detained criminals. The federal government uses this information to enforce immigration laws. ”
The court’s decision conflicts with rulings of other courts of appeal across the country regarding the policy of asylum cities, which indicates that a review in the US Supreme Court is ultimately highly probable.
New York and the liberal states, including Washington, Massachusetts and Connecticut, sued the government, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York supported them - ordered them not to block money and prevent the government from setting grant conditions related to immigration.
But the court of appeal ruled that "he cannot agree that the federal government should be prohibited from setting conditions for receiving the federal grants in question."
“These conditions help the federal government enforce immigration laws and policies supported by successive democratic and republican administrations,” the court ruled.
The ruling marks a key victory for the presidential administration in its efforts to curb the continued use of refugee city policies, which limits local law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration authorities to protect illegal immigrants from deportation.
Mike Howell of the Heritage Foundation, a former lawyer at the Homeland Security Bureau, said the decision was a potentially significant development given the dependence of states such as New York on Justice Department grants.
“When you look at the amount of money flowing through grants, the federal government has great power over the states,” he said. “If you open the door so that the federal government can provide this money, this is a huge deal.”
Shelter city policies prohibit local law enforcement from reporting to the Immigration and Customs Police (ICE) that an illegal immigrant has been detained or released. This is done so that ICE could not detain and deport illegal immigrants.
Supporters of safe haven cities claim this makes cities safer by encouraging illegal immigrants to work with the police without fear of deportation. But the Trump administration denies this, citing the example of cases where illegal immigrants, having escaped from custody, again committed crimes.
President Trump called on Congress to pass a law that would allow victims of crimes committed by illegal immigrants to sue cities and states.
“No American life should be stolen by refuge cities; illegal immigrants are everywhere, and many people don’t want to live with them, ”Trump said during the president’s traditional annual address to Congress.
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