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Federal Court: Trump Can Withhold Funding from Sanctuary Cities

Federal Court: Trump Can Withhold Funding from Sanctuary Cities

“As per recent Federal Court ruling, the Federal Government will be withholding funds from Sanctuary Cities,” tweeted Trump on Thursday. “They should change their status and go non-Sanctuary. Do not protect criminals!”

Last week, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York issued a ruling confirming the government’s ability to impose conditions when distributing funds. In other words, it is perfectly within the government’s power to withhold law enforcement grants from jurisdictions that refuse to obey the law. 

The Second Circuit’s decision contradicts rulings from three other federal appeals courts, which means the issue is likely to reach the Supreme Court. In the ruling, the judges noted that SCOTUS has consistently upheld the government’s authority over states when it comes to immigration policy.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has already promised to appeal the Second Circuit’s decision. In 2017, New York joined six other states in a lawsuit against the Department of Justice after the Trump Administration announced it would start withholding funds from cities that refuse to cooperate with immigration authorities.

As noted in a recent report by the Office of Inspector General, sanctuary policies not only give criminal illegals the opportunity to commit more crimes, but they also put officers at risk.

When ICE identifies an arrested individual as “deportable,” the agency issues a request (called a “detainer”) asking local officials to notify ICE when that person is released.

In sanctuary cities, police are ordered to ignore detainers and to block ICE agents from entering jails. This means the criminal is released back into the community and immigration authorities are forced to go after an ‘at-large’ individual rather than arresting that person while they are still in jail.

According to the report, the practice of ignoring detainers is becoming more common.

ICE issued roughly 165,000 detainers in 2019, a 20% increase from 2014. During the same period of time, the number of detainers authorities chose to ignore increased by 89%. Of the 58,900 detainers ignored between 2013 and 2019, only 70% of those individuals were arrested by ICE. The rest remain at large. 

Author’s Note: President Trump has been trying to find a way to withhold federal funds from sanctuary cities since his first day in office, and the Second Circuit’s ruling is a major win for him as we move closer to the presidential election.

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  1. Fire21

    It’s hard to imagine that any person would want criminals roaming our streets, yet the leftists do it daily. Their being here is proof that alien life does exist on earth.

    • David Barron

      These are not criminals in the minds of the liberal Democrats, they are just unregistered Democrats which the liberals count on to keep them voting and keep the Liberals in office. It doesn’t matter if they are illegal, non-citizens, criminals, or dead, their votes are counted by the Liberal Democrats. Its the only way they stay in office by cheating.

  2. David Edward Dyer

    Almost all crimes are committed by men.
    Why not ban men thereby discriminating only by sex instead of race, nationality, religion or heritage?

    • Knock Knock

      Oh no! Don’t discriminate against the sweet little criminals – punish the innocent citizens instead so it’s all fair. Why didn’t I think of that. Stupid stupid me.

  3. DJParker

    Isn’t it about time these elected officials got back to looking out for the Citizens of this country? We need Law enforcement at all levels, the right to protect ourselves (2nd Amendment), Illegals OUT, Political/Gov’t employees prosecuted for breaking the law, Strict interpretation of the Constitution and the B of R, back to Bonding system for those arrested. Etc etc!

  4. Beach

    Taxpayers money should not be wasted on illegal Aliens —-sanctuary cities should be abolished altogether – they encourage crime and violence, release killers back into the streets to continue killing US citizens and breaking US laws – they harbor and protect criminals who do not belong in the USA and lock up US citizens for the same crimes: Regardless if you are a US Citizen or illegal alien you should be punished – illegals should be turned over to ICE and deported, US Citizens should stand trial.
    New York has had some great Mayors who protected US Citizens and cut crime rates…..DeBlasio is just a sleaze bag, gives illegal aliens drivers licenses, gives them free gifts if they should up for they court date and does nothing if they do not show up! Hopefully legal residents will vote him out of office and elect an individual who will return law and order to NY and make it one of the greatest cities on earth again!

  5. David Barron

    What would happen if Joe Blow the average citizen started harboring and abbe ting criminals? Would he end up being arrested, charged, and put in jail? Would he then have a record of criminal behavior? Why are the political supporters of illegal sanctuary locations not arrested and charged with illegal activities and endangering the lives of others>

  6. Justice in America!

    Finally, some common sense prevails! If these Liberals want to protect lawless criminals and illegals, then no funds to their ‘Sanctuary cities’, plain and simple!

  7. Claxson 68

    I live in NYC. I never voted to make NYC a sanctuary city. My house is not surrounded by a high wall or a high fence to protect me. I don’t have bodyguards 24/7. Politicians work for and get paid by the working people of the USA not unemployed or unemployable illegal aliens. The politicians should keep that in mind the next time they vote on something!