Immigration

Justice Department Drops Impotent Threat to Sanctuary Cities

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

A federal judge blocked Trump's executive order threatening to withhold federal grants from so-called "sanctuary cities" because it was overly vague and broad.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has issued a memo narrowly redefining the Trump regime's position to the point that Trump's original order is effectively meaningless.

“Sanctuary city” is a broad term, but is most often applied to jurisdictions that don’t comply with all of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s “detainer” requests to hold individuals who would otherwise be released. Yet instead of going after any city or county that doesn’t comply with ICE’s requests, the executive order will target jurisdictions that specifically don’t comply with a law to share information with the federal government for immigration purposes.

There are no jurisdictions, at least not to my knowledge, that refuse to share information with the federal government. This is now an executive order that may not apply to anyone at all.

You may recall that police departments across the country became enraged last month because they were being included on the Trump regime's list of naughty cities even though they were fully complying with the law.

  • waspuppet

    This is how they do it: Lower the bar until they can call it success. In that, they are typical Republicans.

  • Aynwrong

    “You may recall that police departments across the country became enraged last month…”

    “Enraged” seems a bit strong. I’m skeptical because law enforcement overwhelmingly voted for Trump. But their like every other group of Trump voters. Eventually they’ll pay some kind of price for their vote. Like you keep saying JM:

    “Everything Trump touches turns to shit.”

    This applies to his voters as well.

    • Not all LE voted for Trump first of all and MANY LEO’s have been quite unhappy. And even the ones that voted for him never thought he would actually come after them–just like all the other Trump voters who are now looking at having their healthcare, medicare, food stamps, etc stripped away.

    • JMAshby

      You don’t have to take my word for it. Read the New York Times report citing or quoting half a dozen departments who were angry after being included on the naughty list.

      • Aynwrong

        In that case I’ll enjoy a not of schadenfreude.

  • ninjaf

    Meh, details, details. But they’re WINNING again. Ain’t it great?!

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