Sanctuary cities, Sessions said, reject the law, reward criminals and put US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers in peril. Then he smiled and began attacking Jim Kenney, Philadelphia’s Democratic mayor.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that federal funding could be withheld only with congressional authorization. The appeals court also noted that the U.S. District Court went too far by blocking the policy nationwide, and sent back the case for “reconsideration and further findings.”
One recent early morning, as the sun rose, a young mother knocked at the Sacred Heart Parish rectory door.
Nowhere did Congress impose such conditions on the public-safety funds it approved to help local law enforcement. Nowhere is it written that localities are obligated to hand over undocumented immigrants upon completion of their sentences to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials — although in practice even most sanctuary jurisdictions do so in the case of inmates who have been convicted of serious violent crimes.
President Donald Trump’s effort to crack down on sanctuary cities suffered another legal setback Thursday as a federal appeals court in Chicago upheld a nationwide injunction against making federal grant funding contingent on cooperation with immigration enforcement.
A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear the administration’s arguments on Wednesday in its appeal of a judge’s ruling permanently blocking the order nationwide.
A bill outlining an expansive immigration enforcement plan is expected to receive final legislative approval this week. It comes as President Donald Trump ramps up calls for more stringent immigration enforcement.
Schaaf is not the only local elected official that has stood up in opposition to President Donald Trump. Since the 2016 election, many mayors and state governors have begun implementing efforts to slow down the federal government’s attacks on immigrants and other vulnerable communities. In particular, “sanctuary cities” have committed to limiting their cooperation with federal immigration officials.
He accused cities that fail to cooperate with immigration authorities of putting the nation at risk by releasing “thousands of criminal aliens” who should be deported.
“In many cases they are very bad actors. We have gang members, we have predators, rapists, killers — a lot of bad people,” he said.
A year later, the federal government has ratcheted up its attacks against so-called sanctuary cities like New York — including Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco — threatening to withhold millions of dollars in federal funding for law enforcement programs and detaining growing numbers of undocumented residents. Cities faced a Friday deadline to prove their cooperation with the immigration authorities, as the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, known as ICE, continued making arrests. Nationwide, the number of arrests in 2017 increased 41 percent from the year before.