Trump Admin Can Withhold Funds From Sanctuary Cities, Appeals Court Finds

Trump sanctuary citiesThe 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the White House can withhold funds from sanctuary cities, delivering a victory for President Donald Trump’s fight with jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

The Trump administration is legally allowed to withhold millions of dollars in federal law enforcement grants from states and other localities that refuse to work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled Wednesday. The court’s 77-page ruling was provided to the Daily Caller News Foundation.

The ruling overturns a lower court’s decision that ordered the Trump administration to release the funds to New York City and other states that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

Wednesday’s court ruling dates back to a dispute that began in 2017, after the Justice Department moved to withhold law enforcement grants from sanctuary cities and states that don’t allow ICE officials access to their jails or notify them when an illegal alien is set to be released from their custody. In response to this action, New York City and seven states — Connecticut, New York, Washington, New Jersey, Virginia, Massachusetts and Rhode Island — issued a lawsuit.

Reprinted with permission from - Daily Caller - by Jason Hopkins

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John A Bird
5 months ago

I (Governor) do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California against all enemies foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California, that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties upon which I am about to enter. What is it about this “Oath of Office” these dimwits don’t understand? It’s time to… Read more »

5 months ago

This is the type of huge victory that really “lights up and energizes” us Trump supporters🤩🥳. Sometimes you think the entrenched bureaucrats can’t be beaten until we have a President that says NO to them and does not weaken under their endless attacks❤️

5 months ago


John Karkalis
5 months ago

GOOD! Little more need be said, though I would love to have seen a brightly colored bus filled with border jumpers drive up to Nancy’s palatial digs, each person carrying a sign reading, “Thank you, Madam Speaker, for inviting us into your neighborhood and allowing us to stay in your house until we find suitable lodging. ”
Score a win for Mr Trump.
I know this has been a hot button item for Amac members.

Rick J.
5 months ago

Finally, long overdue. This sanctuary city/state is a bunch of BS. The state/local authorities who protect illegals should be arrested for adding and abetting. Citizens who are crime victims of illegals should be able to sue government authorities who allow illegals to avoid arrest.

5 months ago

Love it! It’s just common sense which the NY governor does not have! MAGA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Patriot Will
5 months ago

Hopefully, President Trump’s efforts to seriously lessen the existence of sanctuary cities will realize success ASAP. Mayors who care more for thieves, rapists, murderers, etc. should be pressured by their citizens to stop protecting the criminals. If the federal government seriously reduces economic aid to sanctuary cities, more and more citizens will become more and more critical of those mayors who broke their oath to protect and serve their law-abiding constituents. Good Americans deserve to be able to live in safe environments.

5 months ago

Hooray !! It only took almost four years to wade through the swamp . Hopefully he will get reelected to start working on Healthcare , Immigration etc , etc . VOTE!!

5 months ago

Any city attempting to obstruct constitutional provisions or immigration laws should have all federal funds withheld indefinitely!

Paul DAscenz
5 months ago

Bravo! President Trump!
The US needs to get rid of Sanctuary Cities. These Sanctuary Cities are a Huge Drain on Emergency Services.
Sanctuary Cities, create Problems for law enforcement. Nothing Good, comes from Sanctuary Cities!

5 months ago

Yay for President Trump!! After all the lawsuits and impeachment nonsense leveled at him, he finally gets a break in the courts. I was sad that California was not on the list of offenders, but after this ends up in the Supreme Court, and is won, they will all have to tow the line or loose out on those yummy federal funds they love to misuse!! Go President Trump!! Even with all the mistreatment he has suffered, he just keeps going and doing everything he can to make America great again!!’ Trump 2020 !! VOTE REPUBLICAN, SAVE OUR NATION!!!!!

Stephen Russell
5 months ago

Just defund all cities & states, focus on funds for state city pet projects, grants. vs SS & Medicare for citizens.
Make State City Govts pay for errs made.

Philip Hammersley
5 months ago

To go along with this, the AG should order the arrest of mayors and governors who are blatantly violating federal law and allowing alien criminals to rob, rape, and murder US citizens!

Ed J
5 months ago

Finally, some sanity has been restored in America. So-called “sanctuary” areas (state/city/local) are fundamentally oxymorons by inherent definition and go against everything America really stands for. The cognitive dissonance that drives the libtards to embrace such ideas is reprehensible. Thank heavens the appeals court has taken the Kool-Aid away from these libtards. Maybe a swift kick in the financial groin will set these people to “right thinking.” I would support going further and prosecuting any and all who perpetrate so-called sanctuary policies anywhere in our country. Once these libtards end up doing “time” in some Club Fed prison facility, they… Read more »

5 months ago

These states love state’s rights when it pleases them (leftist) but immigration is a NATIONAL issue since it involves those coming from OUTSIDE our country to our country and therefore falls under NATIONAL jurisdiction! Why would any state want to protect immigrants over their own citizens has a screw loose and doesn’t deserve to be in any position of power!

Carla Anderson
5 months ago

AWESOME NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wake up California!!!!!!!!

Randy Geiger
5 months ago

We need to start withholding the monies yesterday. This is one major area where federal law specifically “Trumps” state law. I do not see how any state can challenge immigration laws. Lives are lost and families devastated because of illegal immigrants who do the crime and don’t do the time. There is no excuse. We need to quit being warm and fuzzy and become firm and determined to stop this unlawful insanity. It is going to take people getting off their butts, speak out and challenge what is happening. As a gun owner, I want gun sanctuary. Lets debate that.

Scott Berg
5 months ago

As far as I’m concerned if you’re the top dog in the town and you will allow this to happen you should be thrown in jail no questions asked !

Andrea Bell
5 months ago

I am very thankful that the rule of law is recognized as belonging FIRST to the national government and not to individual cities or states. What a disaster we would have if the cities and states had rule over our national government!

Joe McHugh
5 months ago

Question: what are some states and cities providing sanctuary from? One of the dictionary meanings of the word “sanctuary” shows: a place of refuge or protection
Perhaps the states and cities that provide such sanctuary might explain why they feel that the refugees need protecting. After all, if the individuals are being unjustly persecuted, they have the right to seek redress in the courts, right?

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