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Supreme Court Drops ‘Sanctuary City’ Cases Following Biden DOJ Request

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OPINION: This article contains commentary which reflects the author's opinion


The U.S. Supreme Court has dismissed a number of cases testing the Trump administration’s plan to withhold law-enforcement grants from cities that refused to cooperate with Department of Homeland Security efforts to deport noncitizens arrested by local police.

The court hadn’t decided whether it would hear the cases.

But then acted shortly after the Biden administration and state and city governments in New York and California jointly asked the justices to dismiss the pending appeals.

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Lower courts in New York and San Francisco had reached varying conclusions on the Justice Department’s authority to withhold funds that Congress had authorized to assist local police departments.

“We’re glad this issue has finally been put to rest,” said San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera.

“Federal officials can do their job in San Francisco, just like anywhere else in the country. But we were not about to let our police, firefighters, and nurses are commandeered and turned into the Trump administration’s deportation force,” Herrera added.

About $1.4 million annually in federal funds was at stake for San Francisco, the city attorney’s office said.

Fox News reported:

The legal challenges arose at various times since 2017, when the Trump administration said it would withhold Justice Assistance Grants from local governments that refused to comply with three new conditions.

Those include informing immigration agents upon request of the scheduled release of any person in custody “believed to be an alien,” allowing immigration officials access to local jails and sharing immigration status information with federal authorities.

The move targeted cities such as New York and San Francisco that have adopted so-called sanctuary policies, which limit cooperation with immigration authorities. Local officials say such policies improve public safety by increasing trust between immigrant communities and the police. The Trump administration said the cities were tolerating the presence of noncitizens who had committed crimes and posed a danger to the public.

There is clearly a problem when the Department of Justice and state Attorney Generals do not want to prosecute illegal acts and enforce existing law.

Many would agree there are serious issues when lawmakers put citizens in harm’s way by acquiescing to political agendas versus enforcing established laws.

Beyond that, the Supreme Court has delivered a slew of rulings lately.

Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett authored her first ruling and delivered a heavy blow to a left-wing environmental group.

In the 7-2 ruling, the justices sided with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, thwarting the Sierra Club’s bid to obtain documents concerning a regulation finalized in 2014 relating to power plants.

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The Court rejected two mandamus petitions that Sidney Powell and other lawyers filed in late December that took issue with the election results in Arizona and Wisconsin.

The Court also rejected Stormy Daniels’ defamation suit against Donald Trump.

The porn star, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, sued President Trump in 2018 after he tweeted a suggestion that she was lying about having been threatened by an “unknown man” in 2011 over her alleged affair.

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