'Sanctuaries' May Fight Trump On Commandeering, Coercion

By Kevin Penton (April 18, 2017, 5:44 PM EDT) -- As litigation plays out in the coming months over the Trump administration's promised fiscal crackdown on sanctuary cities, attorneys say "commandeering" and "coercion" will likely form the bedrock of legal arguments that localities level against the federal government.

Depending on how the administration opts to follow through on its threats to punish the coffers of communities it views as harboring those breaking the nation's immigration laws, the locales can be expected to challenge the federal government on grounds that it is unlawfully commandeering local government resources for federal aims or coercing behavior by stripping federal funds, experts say.

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