A federal judge ruled that the Trump admin cannot defund sanctuary cities of their federal cash just because they won’t help deport illegal aliens.
From Fox News:
A federal judge in Chicago has ruled Attorney General Jeff Sessions can’t withhold public grant money from so-called sanctuary cities for refusing to follow federal immigration policies.
U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber made the ruling Friday, in which he granted Chicago’s request for a temporary “nationwide” injunction.
The ruling means the Justice Department cannot deny grant money requests until Chicago’s lawsuit against the agency is concluded. Leinenweber wrote that Chicago has shown a “likelihood of success” in its arguments that Sessions overstepped his authority with the requirements.
The city of Chicago sued the Trump administration in August after it threatened to withhold funds from sanctuary cities, and refused to comply with the Justice Department’s demand that it allow immigration agents access to local jails and notify agents when someone in the U.S. is about to be released from custody.
I wouldn’t be surprised if this were overturned on appeal, but even if it’s not, this is only the first attempt by the Trump administration to cow sanctuary cities under the federal boot. There might be other ways that the fed can force them to do what they want… even if some might say that using the power of the federal government in this way is not really a conservative principle.