By signing “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States” in January, President Donald Trump reiterated his role as chief executive and enforcer of immigration laws.
“We cannot faithfully execute the immigration laws of the United States if we exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement. The purpose of this order is to direct executive departments and agencies (agencies) to employ all lawful means to enforce the immigration laws of the United States.”
Jurisdictions that fail to comply with this vital function, the order states, won’t receive federal funds.
As President Trump seeks to protect American citizens, activists judges have a different idea. A federal court issued an injunction against the president’s order on Tuesday.
But the news might not be all bad. From the Washington Times (emphases added):
Department [of Justice] spokesman Ian D. Prior said rather than blocking Mr. Trump, the key part of Tuesday’s ruling actually endorsed the administration’s current approach to sanctuary cities.
The judge said Congress, not Mr. Trump, has the power of the purse and gets to decide what strings are attached.
Judge Orrick issued an injunction against part of Mr. Trump’s Jan. 25 executive order threatening to withhold potentially tens of billions of dollars from sanctuary cities. But the judge said in instances where Congress has already approved strings — such as three Justice Department programs — Mr. Trump can withhold the money.
The Justice Department said those programs — the Byrne Justice Assistance Grants, COPS funding and the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program — were the ones they had planned to target anyway.
Vice President Mike Pence tweeted this:
How could Obama withhold federal funds from states refusing transgender bathrooms but @POTUS can’t withhold funds from sanctuary cities?
— The Vice President (@MikePenceVP) April 26, 2017
The former president had issued “guidance” to government schools to allow boys pretending to be girls access to private facilities designated for girls, and vice versa, with a threat to withhold federal funding.
A federal court issued a nationwide injunction against enforcement, contending that the administration rewrote federal law.
In other words, the Obama administration overstepped its authority.
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