Thursday, April 29, 2021

Department of Justice Ends Efforts to Defund "Sanctuary Cities"


The Trump administration battled "sanctuary cities," and litigation over its efforts to strip grant funding to such cities continued throughout President Trump's four years in office.

Sarah Betancourt for Law360 (and here) reports that the Biden U.S. Department of Justice withdrew a Trump-era policy that prevented so-called sanctuary cities a federal grant program, according to an internal memo shared with Law360 earlier this week. In the memo, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said the agency was withdrawing a 2017 memo from former Attorney General Jeff Sessions that implemented an executive order declaring jurisdictions refusing to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement as ineligible for certain federal grants.


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