White House press secretary, Stephanie Grisham on Friday, July 12, welcomed the ruling of the 9th Circuit Court, which supports the Trump administration’s right to restrict public safety grants to sanctuary cities.
Friday’s court ruling agreed that the Department of Justice can prioritize federal discretionary grant dollars to support policing in cities and towns that cooperate with federal efforts to remove illegal aliens from the country.
“This ruling reverses a lawless decision that enabled sanctuary city policies, putting the safety and security of all Americans in harm’s way,” Stephanie Grisham said in the statement.
“Sanctuary cities knowingly release criminal aliens out of their jails and back into our communities, instead of cooperating with ICE to ensure they are kept in custody and safely removed from the United States,” she continued.
Sanctuary cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago, and Philadelphia, have often fought against the Trump administration on enforcement of illegal immigration policies and have generally refused to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials to identify illegal immigrants within the criminal justice system.
In August 2017, the city of Los Angeles then sued the administration, when the Department of Justice denied the city a $3 million grant on the grounds that it did not prioritize immigration in its community policing grant application.
On Friday, Judge Sandra Ikuta issued a decision supporting the Justice Department’s recent policy, stating, “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.” Judge Ikuta was joined in her decision by Judge Jay Bybee.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order in 2017 to “ensure that jurisdictions that fail to comply with applicable federal law do not receive federal funds, except as mandated by law.”
Stephanie Grisham added in the statement, “Many innocent Americans are injured, maimed, or killed as a result of sanctuary city policies. This ruling upholds the right of the Department of Justice to ensure discretionary grants under its control are not being used to subsidize these jurisdictions’ open assault on law-abiding Americans and their loved ones.”
The statement concluded, “We urge citizens across America to demand that Democrat leaders cease their support for sanctuary policies that deprive Americans of life, limb, and liberty. The injustice of criminal sanctuaries must end.”