Issues, States

Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Threat to Punish Sanctuary Cities

It’s time for this week’s installment of the Federal Judicial Tyranny Show.

And in this episode, a liberal judge out of Chicago ruled that the Trump administration can’t follow through on its threat to kill federal grants for cities that refuse to comply with federal immigration law.

In other words, the federal government always has strings attached to any money it gives to states and cities.

But, according to the judge, that would cause ‘irreparable harm’ to the cities who’ve come to rely on federal money.

So let’s get this straight.

Liberal cities are so reliant now on the federal gravy train that they cannot run without it, but it’s okay for them to ignore federal law.

Um, what?

We’re waiting for word on whether AG Sessions will appeal.

Here’s more from Bloomberg…

The Trump administration lost another round in its effort to punish cities that don’t cooperate with its crackdown on undocumented immigrants.

A Chicago federal judge ruled Friday the U.S. Justice Department can’t withhold millions of dollars in grants supporting public safety from cities that refuse to share with federal officials the immigration status of suspects in custody.

The limited restrictions on funding challenged by Chicago were imposed by the Justice Department after the Trump administration was blocked by a San Francisco judge in April from making much broader cuts in jurisdictions that don’t assist its efforts to deport undocumented immigrants.

“The court finds that the city has established that it would suffer irreparable harm if a preliminary injunction is not entered,” U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber said in his ruling. The injunction is “nationwide in scope,” Leinenweber said, “there being no reason to think that the legal issues present in this case are restricted to Chicago.”

The Justice Department continues to assert that sanctuary policies risk the safety of residents in those communities, according to a statement issued in response to the ruling. The Trump Administration didn’t disclose any plans to appeal the Chicago ruling.

“The Department of Justice will continue to fully enforce existing law and to defend lawful and reasonable grant conditions that seek to protect communities and law enforcement,” according to the statement from Devin O’Malley, a spokesman.

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