Injunction Over Sanctuary City Grants Upheld By 7th Circ.

Law360 (April 19, 2018, 3:09 PM EDT) -- The Seventh Circuit on Thursday upheld a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking the Trump administration from using a federal public safety grant to force so-called sanctuary cities to comply with its immigration policies, criticizing the effort as an infringement on the separation of powers.

In upholding the injunction, the appellate panel rebuffed the U.S. Department of Justice's claim it was free to attach new, immigration-focused conditions to the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program. To give the executive branch the power to both establish rules and enforce them through the distribution of federal funding would violate one of the "bedrock principles...

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