Trump Admin. Can’t Deny DOJ Grants To ‘Sanctuary’ Cities

A California federal judge granted a win to so-called sanctuary cities last week by imposing a permanent, nationwide ban that would prevent the Trump administration from placing certain immigration-related conditions on community policing grants administered by the U.S. Department of Justice.

U.S. District Judge Manuel L. Real entered a permanent injunction against the restrictions that applied not only to the city of Los Angeles, which challenged them in the instant case, but for all communities competing for grants from the DOJ’s Community Oriented Policing Services, or COPS, program.

The judge also granted Los Angeles’ summary judgment bid that asked the court to find the conditions violate the Tenth Amendment, the Administrative Procedure Act and the separation of powers clause.

“This court cannot reasonably provide complete relief to Los Angeles without enjoining defendants from imposing the challenged considerations as to all competitors,” Judge Real wrote. “Los Angeles is harmed not only because it cannot qualify for bonus points, but because other jurisdictions can.”

The city alleged in its lawsuit that the DOJ’s formula for awarding COPS grants unconstitutionally imposes terms that give municipalities an “untenable choice: Commit to participating in federal civil immigration investigation and enforcement efforts, or sacrifice funds for public safety and community policing.”

“We will not be intimidated by hateful rhetoric and we refuse to politicize public safety,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted last week. “Not in Los Angeles and not on our watch.”