Payback Time: U.S. Judge Rules Trump Can Withhold Funding to California

In a shocking move, U.S. District Judge William Orrick balked from ordering President Donald Trump to pay California $1 million in delayed law enforcement funding after Trump refused to make the payment because California is a supposed sanctuary state.

The Trump administration has put a halt to the payout to California because of its support for lawbreaking illegal aliens. But the state took Trump to court to force the feds to hand over the state’s scheduled payment for law enforcement expenditures.

Granted the administration has not said that the state will not ever get the payout, only that the money is delayed while the administration questions California’s policies.

Still, it was a mixed bag on the judge’s ruling. While Judge Orrick didn’t order the administration to immediately hand over the cash — as the state of California demanded — Orrick also didn’t agree to dismiss California’s lawsuit as the administration wanted him to do.

Orrick said the whole situation raised “weighty and novel constitutional issues,” according to the Associated Press.

California is the big test case for the Trump administration. The question is whether the federal government is required to return federal funds to states that buck U.S. immigration policy by creating sanctuary city or sanctuary state rules that prevent local police from cooperating with federal officials.

As the AP notes:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has blamed “sanctuary city” policies for crime and gang violence. In July, Sessions announced that cities and states could only receive Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance grants if they allow federal immigration officials access to detention facilities and provide advance notice when someone in the country illegally is about to be released.

Cities and states were also required to certify that they complied with a particular federal immigration law. The Trump administration says that law requires that California not restrict officials from sharing information regarding immigration status with federal immigration officers, including information regarding a person’s date of release from state custody and home address.

The AP also noted that at least one ruling along this topic has already been handed down:

A federal judge in Chicago last year blocked the advance notice and access requirements in a ruling that applied nationwide. But U.S. District Judge Harry D. Leinenweber said the DOJ could require Byrne Memorial grant recipients to certify compliance with the federal immigration law at issue.

Still, this fight is at its earliest stages, for sure. But there is great logic to the Trump administration’s position, for sure. After all, why should the American people be forced to continue funding these anti-American, left-wing states that insist on breaking the law and giving criminal illegal aliens a free handout courtesy of OUR tax dollars?

Why should these liberal states be allowed to break our laws with abandon with no repercussions? Is there no rule of law left at all?

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  1. dallas hale

    March 8, 2018 at 3:19 am

    The last question was is there any rule of law left? This is so disheartening for me as I have faced he ups and downs of politicks for fifty years. In the past whoever lost the election even though they didn’t like it they laid it down and supported thed choice of a president by the people. I have watched my party win and loose but I always respected the white house and the elected official that lived there. Not so this time the left or liberal or democrats whichever has chose not to support the peoples choice. They have fought him at every turn and each day it gets worse. Words fail me to describe the pain that I feel to watch a once good party go to a vial underhanded and pathetic group of un-American group of people and the hurt and shame they have brought to this great nation is beyond description. For God sake democrats take back your party and once again be proud to support the working class and the down trodden in America. Be disgusting no more please before we loose what all of us have given so much to protect and before this reaches a point of no return I plead

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