Court Rules Trump Can Withhold Federal Grants To States With ‘Sanctuary Cities’

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On Wednesday, a federal appeals court held that the Trump administration can withhold grants to states that set up Sanctuary Cities and refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

“The states and city sued the U.S. government after the Justice Department announced in 2017 that it would withhold grant money from cities and states until they gave federal immigration authorities access to jails and provide advance notice when someone in the country illegally is about to be released,” the Associated Press reported . “Before the change, cities and states seeking grant money were required only to show they were not preventing local law enforcement from communicating with federal authorities about the immigration status of people who were detained.”

Sanctuary states and cities have actively worked against law enforcement agencies from enforcing federal immigration laws. According to the Associated Press. “In the past two years, federal appeals courts in Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco have ruled against the federal government by upholding lower-court injunctions placed on the enforcement of some or all of the challenged conditions.”

This ruling represents a huge victory for the Trump administration on fighting illegal immigration, and will help the United States maintain its autonomy by allowing the federal government to better protect its borders.