Judge Rules It's Illegal To Require Cooperation With Feds For Grant Money

A federal judge ruled that the conditions the Department of Justice put on grants for law enforcement were illegal.

White Plains, NY – A federal judge has ruled against the Trump administration's attempt to withhold federal grant funding from law enforcement agencies in sanctuary cities.

On Friday, Judge Edgardo Ramos, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, called the President’s order illegal and unconstitutional, The Hill reported.

Ramos said the federal government “did not have lawful authority” to order certain conditions for handling immigrants in order to receive the funding.

The ruling blocked the federal government from enforcing those conditions in New York, New York City, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Washington.

The lawsuit referred to the Department of Justice’s attempt to put immigration-related conditions on grants to local law enforcement, ABC News reported.

The conditions were announced by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions in 2017, and said that in order to qualify for federal funding, local authorities had to alert federal agents when an undocumented immigrant was going to be released from state or local custody, allow federal agents to question immigrants in custody, and ensure they aren’t restricting state and local law enforcement officials from providing federal agents with information about the legal status of undocumented immigrants.

After ruling in their favor, Ramos declined the petitioners’ request for a nationwide ruling on the matter, and said that they had not shown it was necessary, The Hill reported.

“As we argued, local law enforcement has the right to decide how to meet their local public safety needs – and the Trump administration simply does not have the right to require state and local police to act as federal immigration agents,” New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood said as she took credit for the win.

“The Trump administration’s attempt to withhold these vital funds was nothing more than a political attack at the expense of our public safety,” Underwood said.

“This decision requires the Trump administration to distribute these vital public safety funds — helping to ensure that our local law enforcement agencies are able to continue to determine how best to keep New Yorkers safe,” she said.

The President has continued to battle for control of the funding in various courts across the nation.

In September of 2017, a district court judge for the Northern District of Illinois issued an injunction blocking the administration from enforcing the conditions nationwide, The Hill reported.

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the ruling, but then put its nationwide scope on hold pending a review by full court.

In November of 2017, a district court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania prohibited the administration from enforcing the conditions on Philadelphia, according to The Hill.

The federal government appealed that ruling to the 3rd Circuit.

In October, a district court in California last month blocked the conditions from being enforced on the city and county of San Francisco.

Comments (12)
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OldVet
OldVet

This Judge Ramos must love these illegals cause he is blocking everything and over stepping his authority and I bet he is a bought and paid for crooked judge

Watcher 4
Watcher 4

Another Obama judge. The swamp is filling the courts just as Alinski directed to overthrow the government.

Scattered
Scattered

This shit needs to stop now. Doesn't the term illegal mean just that? Illegal immigrant. This is all too much and only going to get worse.

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

“The Trump administration’s attempt to withhold these vital funds was nothing more than a political attack at the expense of our public safety,” Underwood said.

The irony! The irony! The idiot NY Attorney General quotes public safety in upholding the "liberal" policy of giving sanctuary to violent illegal aliens.

How many innocent Americans have been victims of avoidable violent crime due to this "liberal" idiocy?

angeleyes
angeleyes

so federal laws and rulings don't mean anything, there are no consequences, using the excuse that local authority is doing ICE job. It's just an excuse to be able to let illegals live in the US and get the minority vote. all the politicians are catering to the minorities because the majorities aren't showing them who really matters. good for the president i hope the funds are withheld until any decision is made.

365
365

So then .... federal requirements for grants for education, roads, ecology, health and welfare, water/sewer, energy development, etc. all mean nothing? Perhaps federal laws regarding firearms or drug and car manufacturing have no teeth either. The anarchists have won if this ruling stands.

Pack
Pack

So another LOCAL district judge rules on the national level? Just ignore him.

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

magnumforc
magnumforc

Another idiotic judge. Gawd, if he really screws the American people he can get transferred to the 9th District with the far leftists in California!!

cspcapt
cspcapt

now i'm really confused, when i was on the state police we we didn't enforce 55MPH ans seat belt laws=no government funds. so n ow that we have a president that the democrats hate they are changing the rules. must be fun to be a democrat.

GForce48
GForce48

We can not allow our collective security to be in the hands of Dems/Libs no matter where they sit...legislature/congress, the courts, or even executive branch. No matter where they are they are dangerous!

Michael Bryant
Michael Bryant

Same with me when I was a Trooper in Mississippi. They had a pencil pusher said our stats showed high-speed radar enforcement and 56 mph was a breach of the mandated 55mph law. Well, if you were doing 90 in a 55 zone we might cite you for 56 to 60. If we failed to the new rule the feds would cut state funding that was needed for fuel. All BS either way but then they started pitching we were not writing enough higher speeds... Feds are like women, you just can't make them happy no matter which way you went.