The outlook is becoming bleaker for Mr. Trump as he has now been labeled as a major subject of interest in Mueller’s investigation. The dominoes are beginning to fall and not in the president’s favor it seems. On Friday, a judge ruled against Trump in another case.
According to ABC News:
‘A federal judge in New York ruled Friday that the Trump administration cannot withhold public safety grants to six states and the City of New York based on the fact that they’re so-called sanctuary cities.’
The decision said:
‘Consistent with every other court that has considered these issues, the court concludes that defendants did not have lawful authority to impose these conditions.’
New York City along with six states – New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Virginia, and the District of Columbia – sued the Trump Administration over the threats to withhold money for criminal justice programs under what’s known as the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant, named for a New York City police officer killed in the line of duty.
The Justice Department attempted to put immigration-related conditions on the grants. These grants total in the millions. The states claimed that it was a matter of separation of powers and challenged the administration with regards to adopting Mr. Trump’s preferred immigration policies.
According to ABC:
‘The judge cited the administration’s “lack of authority to impose the three conditions on federal funding” and noted “the separation of powers acts as a check on tyranny and the concentration of power.”’
New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood called the decision:
‘(a) major win for New Yorkers’ public safety.’
‘This decision requires the Trump administration to distribute these vital public safety funds — helping to ensure that our local law enforcement agencies are able to continue to determine how best to keep New Yorkers safe.’
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said:
‘In New York, we will always stand up for the values that built this state and this nation and fight any effort to spread hate and division.’
Back in July, a judge also sided with Chicago in the city’s own sanctuary city lawsuit. In that decision, U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber agreed with the city, granting a permanent injunction against all three of the conditions the Justice Department sought to impose.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel stated:
‘Today’s opinion in favor of Chicago and against the Trump Justice Department marks a major win for all Chicagoans and a significant victory for public safety. We will never be coerced or intimidated into abandoning our values as a welcoming city. Welcoming immigrants, refugees and dreamers from every corner of the globe is part of Chicago’s history, and part of our future, no matter which way the political winds are blowing in Washington.’
The Chicago city ordinance bars police from granting ICE officials access to people in Chicago police custody except when they’re wanted on a criminal warrant or have a serious criminal conviction. ICE agents are also prohibited from using police facilities for their investigations.
Last week, a federal judge also blocked the Trump Administration from denying asylum claims.
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