An Extremely Liberal U.S. appeals court said Wednesday that the Trump administration cannot deny funding to so-called “sanctuary cities” that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities is unconstitutional.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that President Trump went beyond his authority with an executive order he signed, saying the executive branch may not refuse to disperse the federal grants without the approval of Congress.
chief judge Sidney Thomas wrote in the majority opinion. “Absent congressional authorization, the administration may not redistribute or withhold properly appropriated funds in order to effectuate its own policy goals.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions in July 2017 vowed that cities and states would only be eligible for certain grants from the Department of Justice if they complied with federal immigration law.
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