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.
“Consistent with every other court that has considered these issues, the court concludes that defendants did not have lawful authority to impose these conditions,” the decision said.
The city, six states New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Virginia and the District of Columbia sued the 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 cop killed in the line of duty.
The Justice Department attempted to put immigration-related conditions on the grants, which total in the millions.
The states said it was a matter of separation of powers and challenged the administration’s authority to compel them to adopt President Trump’s preferred immigration policies.
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.”