(National Sentinel)Â Rewards: Last year the Trump administration vowed to withhold Justice Department grant money from “sanctuary cities” over their policies forbidding local police from cooperating with federal immigration authorities.
As a condition for receivingÂ Byrne Justice Assistance Grants, cities and jurisdictionsÂ must cooperate with the federal government when it comes to enforcing immigration laws.
In particular, the Trump administration last year said it would condition the money on localitiesâ€™ willingness to cooperate in holding illegal immigrants for pickup by federal deportation officers.
When Attorney General Jeff Sessions attempted to withhold grant money from the sanctuary city of Chicago, the Windy City sued and convinced a federal judge to rule against the Justice Department.
The suit tied up $200 million in grant money last year.
But things changed this week, as reported byÂ The Washington Times:
…On Tuesday an appeals court narrowed the ruling, saying that while the district court could decide the fate of Chicagoâ€™s practices, it couldnâ€™t tie the hands of the entire country.
TheÂ Justice DepartmentÂ said that cleared the way to dole out cash to departments that do abide by the cooperation conditions.
â€œAfter the stay was granted, theÂ Justice DepartmentÂ promptly moved to begin the distribution of nearly $200 million in Byrne JAG funds to jurisdictions that share the departmentâ€™s commitment to keeping criminal aliens off our streets and our law abiding citizens safe,â€ said Justice spokesman Devin Oâ€™Malley. â€œReviews of some applications remain ongoing.”
Once again, POTUS Trump wins. But so do the American people, becauseÂ the rule of law wins.
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