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A federal appeals court ruled last week that the Trump administration is well within its rights to reward cities who cooperate with ICE, specifically involving deportations.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that the Trump administration could reward cities with grant money if they cooperate with ICE or use the funds to beef up emigration enforcement, The Washington Times reported.

The city of Los Angeles sued the administration, claiming it was being treated unfairly and felt as if it was being coerced into helping ICE. The city said it missed out on $3 million in grant money because Los Angeles didn’t give ICE access to local jails and failed to focus on illegal immigration on an application, The Hill reported.

The grants mentioned are known as the Community Oriented Policing Services grants, which were created in 1994 to give extra money to local authorities to put more police officers in local communities.

However, in a 2-1 decision, the federal appeals court dismissed the city of Los Angeles’ claim and asserted the Trump administration isn’t coercing anyone.

“The panel rejected Los Angeles’s argument that DOJ’s practice of giving additional consideration to applicants that choose to further the two specified federal goals violated the Constitution’s Spending Clause,” George W. Bush appointee Judge Sandra Ikuta wrote.

“The panel held that DOJ did not exceed its statutory authority in awarding bonus points to applicants that selected the illegal immigration focus area or that agreed to the Certification,” she added.

However, Bill Clinton appointee Judge Kim Wardlaw dissented, saying the COPS grants were “Orwellian.”

“The majority goes astray by finding no meaning in Congress’s use of the term ‘community-oriented policing’ and then deferring under Chevron to DOJ’s Orwellian effort to define ‘community-oriented policing’ to include ‘partnering with federal law enforcement to address illegal immigration,’” Wardlaw wrote.

“Congress did not authorize COPS grants for anything other than placing additional state and local cops on the beat and promote community partnerships,” she added.

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said, “This ruling reverses a lawless decision that enabled sanctuary city policies, putting the safety and security of all Americans in harm’s way.”

While previous attempts have been made to withhold money from grant programs who fail to comply with ICE, this is the first time a court has ruled in favor of the Trump administration’s attempt to reward cities who comply, The Washington Times reported.

Ikuta said, “Los Angeles may believe that addressing illegal immigration is not the most effective way to improve public safety, but the wisdom of DOJ’s policy is not an element of our arbitrary and capricious review.”

It’s no secret that President Donald Trump has been a longtime critic of sanctuary cities.

Earlier this year, Trump said he was “giving strong considerations” to placing illegal immigrants in sanctuary cities.

“The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy – so this should make them very happy!” he wrote on Twitter.

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34 Comments
  • Fred Sheehan says:

    I am sorry, Judge Kim Wardlaw, payment for services provided for services rendered to assist with enforcing the law is not Orwellian. Punishing an individual for speech that is factual and plainly spoken by misrepresenting what was spoken and falsely accusing the speaker of negative characteristics is Orwellian. The actions of the leadership of the Democratic Party and many of the Democratic members of Congress are Orwellian. Perhaps you should read Nineteen Eighty-Four again. Hint- Pay particular attention to the description of newspeak.

  • Finally we have a judge that is putting America and it’ citizens first.

  • Borrie says:

    The problem with having no control over borders or allowing foreigners to enter your country illegally is that there is no record of the finger prints and fixed address. In South Africa the new government in 1994 allowed the people to cross the border illegally to enlarge their voter pool. Most af these that came in did vote and dit apply for legal documentation and became citizens that positively contributed to the society. Unfortunately the criminal element used it as an opportunity to bleed unrecorded into the community and use their off the record status to terrorize the people with their criminal actions. 50 South Africans gets murdered per day. More than 80% of the farmers that are murdered are murdered by people who’s finger prints are not on record and will never been found except if they are caught will committing the crime. Wake up America, start voting to protect your kids and not what your parents voted in a much different world. Your country need you.

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