Donald Trump just garnered another major win in his fight against the rising tide of sanctuary cities from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
In a 77-page ruling, the court confirmed that the Trump administration has the authority to withhold federal law enforcement grants from states and local governments that refuse to work with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to quell illegal immigration.
According to the Daily Caller, “The ruling overturns a lower court’s decision that ordered the Trump administration to release the funds to New York City and other states that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.”
The highly controversial rule was first challenged in 2017 by seven states when the Justice Department moved to crack down on so-called “sanctuary” cities and states by holding back millions of dollars in funding if they refused to share information about criminals in custody or blocked ICE from accessing their jails.
DOJ spokesman released a statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation after the decision was handed down, saying:
“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.”
Although the decision was a major victory for the administration’s illegal immigration agenda, the spokesperson admitted that “certain cities that are parties to this judgment may nonetheless use rulings from other courts to evade these lawful conditions.”