The Justice Department said Wednesday it has begun distributing hundreds of millions of dollars in grant money that had been tied up in a major court battle over sanctuary cities.
Byrne Justice Assistance Grants are used by localities and police departments across the nation to pay for equipment, training, personnel or other pressing needs.
The Trump administration last year said it would condition the money on localities’ willingness to cooperate in holding illegal aliens for pickup by federal deportation officers. Chicago sued, saying the conditions weren’t part of federal law.
A federal district judge had ruled for Chicago, but issued a nationwide injunction saying the conditions couldn’t be applied to any Byrne grants, reports Reuters.
The Justice Department put nearly $200 million in 2017 money on hold as the case proceeded.
But on Tuesday an appeals court narrowed the ruling, saying that while the district court could decide the fate of Chicago’s practices, it couldn’t tie the hands of the entire country.
The Justice Department said that cleared the way to dole out cash to departments that do abide by the cooperation conditions.
“After the stay was granted, the Justice Department promptly moved to begin the distribution of nearly $200 million in Byrne JAG funds to jurisdictions that share the department’s commitment to keeping criminal aliens off our streets and our law abiding citizens safe,” said Justice spokesman Devin O’Malley. “Reviews of some applications remain ongoing.”
Sanctuary cities and states are an outrageous Communist attempt to defy the Constitution and compromise the welfare of American citizens, and helping bring about the fruition of the “Cloward-Piven Strategy”.
In California, Communist-Democrat politicians have done exactly that in making the entire territory a sanctuary state, harboring criminals evading the long arm of the law.
The Americans-last mayor in Oakland, California, Libby Schaaf, has taken measures to protect illegal aliens to the point that a Republican House representative proposed a bill in her honor which would mandate prison time for politicians who have taken part in such betrayal.
In February, Mayor Schaff deliberately opposed the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s efforts to deport dangerous illegal aliens in California.
President Trump advocated for Schaaf to be prosecuted, yet nothing had yet to come from such a suggestion until recently.
Iowa Representative Steve King proposed a bill which Will throw criminal Sanctuary-supporting politicians in prison where they belong, the Washington Times reports.
“It shall be unlawful for any officer, employee, or agent of a State or political subdivision thereof to obstruct, hinder, delay, or otherwise impede the enforcement of the laws of the United States, or to attempt to do so,” the text of the bill reads.
Named after the Mayor who dared President Trump to arrest her, the Libby Schaaf Act proposes that politicians caught making such violations could face a maximum five-year prison sentence.
“I want lawless, sanctuary city politicians to hear this message clearly: if you obstruct ICE, you are going to end up in the cooler,” said King.
There is an ongoing mutiny in California against its illegal Sanctuary laws as well.
Since the Department of Justice sued California last month over its so-called “sanctuary state” law limiting police collaboration with immigration agents, at least a dozen local governments have voted to either join or support the lawsuit or for resolutions opposing the state’s position. Those include the Board of Supervisors in Orange County, which has more than 3 million people.
Leaders in the Orange County city of Los Alamitos will vote on a proposal for a local law to exempt the community of 12,000 from the state law. On Tuesday, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors is meeting to consider joining the Trump administration lawsuit.
Meanwhile on the left coast, sanctuary city Seattle has also taken an Americans-LAST policy, fencing off areas where Americans forced into homelessness by the invasion of illegal aliens were living.
Transportation departments are spending at least $1.1 million this year on fences to keep homeless people separated from Seattle highways.
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June 28th, 2018