Protecting violent criminals from U.S. Immigration and Customs (ICE) Enforcement is about to get very expensive for sanctuary cities. That’s because a federal appeals court just handed President Donald Trump a victory that allows the U.S. Justice Department to withhold law enforcement grants.
During his tenure as U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Session crafted regulatory guidelines that required cities and states to cooperate with federal authorities and hold criminal aliens when ICE officials issue retainers. Illegal immigration and open borders liberals refused, and instead called themselves Sanctuary Cities. Violent felons, including rapists and murderers, have been harbored in these towns as Democrats passed regulations hamstringing local police departments.
“So-called ‘sanctuary’ policies make all of us less safe because they intentionally undermine our laws and protect illegal aliens who have committed crimes. These policies also encourage illegal immigration and even human trafficking by perpetuating the lie that in certain cities, illegal aliens can live outside the law,” Sessions said.
“From now on, the Department will only provide Byrne JAG grants to cities and states that comply with federal law, allow federal immigration access to detention facilities, and provide 48 hours notice before they release an illegal alien wanted by federal authorities. This is consistent with long-established cooperative principles among law enforcement agencies.”
Rather than comply with the Justice Department, Democrats filed civil lawsuits and ran to Obama judges to secure court orders to sidestep the grant guidelines. Left-wing strongholds, including New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Washington, Massachusetts, and Virginia, had gained an order from liberal activists posing as impartial judges to force the DOJ to release grant money. But like every liberal extremist attempt to “resist and obstruct” the lawful America First agenda, the case landed in front of judges not appointed by Obama.
“Repeatedly and throughout its pronouncement of Byrne Program statutory requirements, Congress makes clear that a grant applicant demonstrates qualification by satisfying statutory requirements in such form and according to such rules as the Attorney General establishes,” U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals judge Reena Raggi reportedly wrote, overturning the lower court ruling. “This confers considerable authority on the Attorney General.”
Raggi, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, recognized the long-established legal process and clearly defined oversight authority of the DOJ. Neither of the other two judges on the three-judge panel was appointed by Obama. The previous “Obama judge” rulings were nothing more than lawlessness. The DOJ hailed the decision as a major victory that lays the groundwork for defunding municipalities that run amok.
“Today’s decision rightfully recognizes the lawful authority of the attorney general to ensure that Department of Justice grant recipients are not at the same time thwarting federal law enforcement priorities. The grant conditions here require states and cities that receive DOJ grants to share information about criminals in custody,” a DOJ spokesman reportedly said.
“All Americans will benefit from increased public safety as this administration is able to implement its lawful immigration and public safety policies.”
It’s true that liberal zealots suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome are inclined to put everyday Americans in harm’s way by shielding criminal aliens. But breaking the law is about to get a lot more expensive. That’s an issue taxpaying voters in these regions will have to consider come November.