9th Circuit Deals Crackdown on Sanctuary Cities

Trump’s administrationUpdated: 2:oo PM Et, Fri April 19, 2019

A federal appeals court ruled against Trump’s administration in an attempt to block a California law which limits cooperation between law enforcement and federal immigration authorities.

The 54-page ruling which took place Thursday, from the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals, was yet another blow at  President Donald Trump who has railed against these so-called sanctuary cities, – a catch-all term used to describe jurisdictions that in some ways do not cooperate with federal immigration enforcement agencies.

Trump administration challenged parts of three “sanctuary” laws in California last year. They were designed to protect undocumented immigrants from federal immigration officials.

Repeatedly, the Trump administration has tried to crack down on sanctuary cities, seeing them as an impediment to immigration enforcement. However, federal courts have thrown a wrench in those plans.

Federal courts are also primarily blocked by the administration from taking away funds because jurisdictions don’t cooperate with immigration authorities.

President Donald Trump has confirmed earlier this month that the administration was considering the possibility of using sanctuary cities as political retribution against Democrats by moving undocumented immigrants to those jurisdictions. Department of Homeland Security lawyers had dismissed the proposal earlier this year.