Tag Archives: sanctuary cities

Federal judge blocks DoJ's attempt to punish cities for supporting Constitution

Source: Politico

"A federal judge has blocked the Trump administration's attempt to use Justice Department public-safety grant programs to discourage so-called sanctuary city policies aimed at protecting undocumented immigrants. Acting on a lawsuit brought by the City of Chicago, U.S. District Court Judge Harry Leinenweber issued a nationwide preliminary injunction Friday prohibiting the Justice Department from adding new grant conditions requiring cities to allow immigration agents access to local jails and insisting that local authorities give advance notice when suspected illegal immigrants are about to be released from custody." (09/15/17)

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/15/judge-blocks-justice-department-move-against-sanctuary-cities-242783

Sanctuary cities and recreational marijuana

Source: Independent Institute
by Randall Holcombe

"Sanctuary cities deliberately refer to themselves using this confrontational terminology, indicating that they provide a sanctuary for those who are in the country illegally. They do so by refusing to aid the federal government in enforcing federal immigration law. Sanctuary cities could be less confrontational if they dropped the terminology and simply said they enforce their own laws, but they do not enforce the laws of other governments. Sanctuary cities are not shielding immigrants from federal enforcement, they just are not cooperating with the federal government to enforce federal law. My reaction to this less confrontational view of sanctuary cities is to think that local law enforcement agencies enforce local laws, and it is up to the federal government to enforce federal laws. Why should local governments be required to enforce the laws of the federal government?" (09/06/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/09/06/sanctuary-cities-and-recreational-marijuana/

Federal judge blocks Texas regime's attempt to conscript cities as federal law enforcers

Source: US News & World Report

"A federal judge has temporarily blocked most of Texas' tough new 'sanctuary cities' law that would have let police officers ask people during routine stops whether they're in the U.S. legally [sic] and threatened sheriffs with jail time for not cooperating with federal immigration authorities. The law, known as Senate Bill 4, had been cheered by President Donald Trump's administration and was set to take effect Friday. It was widely viewed as the toughest immigration measure in the nation since Arizona passed what critics called a 'Show Me Your Papers' law in 2010, which was later partially struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court. The ruling late Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia in San Antonio was handed down as anxieties about immigration enforcement in Texas have again flared in the wake of Tropical Storm Harvey." (08/31/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2017-08-31/texas-ban-on-sanctuary-cities-temporarily-blocked-by-judge

Solve the sanctuary city conflict by granting statehood to cities

Source: Libertarian Institute
by Ryan McMaken

"More than 30 states have moved with varying degrees of success to rein in so-called sanctuary cities that have pledged to not assist federal agents with rounding up and prosecuting suspected illegal immigrants. … Legally speaking, it’s not clear that the cities have much of a foundation to stand on. Unlike states, which are guaranteed a certain amount of sovereignty in the US Constitution, local governments are usually creatures of the state government itself. In most states, the state government does not guarantee specific rights to specific cities and counties. County and city lines have historically been drawn and re-drawn by the state governments. While the United States is a federalist system — albeit an increasingly centralized one — state governments are not federalist, but are unitary. Thus, state-city relations are not analogous to state-federal relations. But, laws and constitutions can be changed, and political solutions can offer answers where legal ones do not." (08/30/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/articles/solve-sanctuary-city-conflict-granting-statehood-cities/

Sessions blasts Chicago for federalist policies, touts Miami-Dade's Good Germanry

Source: Fox News

"Attorney General Jeff Sessions praised Miami-Dade on Wednesday for shedding its 'sanctuary' status, while using a visit to the Florida county to draw a sharp contrast with Chicago — painting the city as a crime-ridden cautionary tale for its refusal to cooperate with the administration's illegal [sic] immigrant crackdown. … Sessions and others in the administration have repeatedly tried to link violent crime to illegal [sic] immigration — though mayors of sanctuary cities across the country have pushed back. There are an estimated 200 to 608 local and state governments with some sort of sanctuary policy in place — however, their degree of cooperation varies. Some work with federal authorities on felony convictions while others only comply in civil investigations. There are a few places that refuse to cooperate altogether." (08/16/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/08/16/sessions-blasts-chicago-over-sanctuary-policies-touts-miami-dade-reversal.html

Sanctuary cities and the rule of law

Source: LewRockwell.com
by Andrew P Napolitano

"The concept of a sanctuary city does not mean it is a place where federal law is unenforced by the feds. Rather, it is a place where local authorities have elected not to spend their tax dollars helping the feds to enforce federal law. The term 'sanctuary city' is not a legal term but a political one. … Can local authorities refuse to help the feds enforce federal law? In a word, yes. There is no legal obligation on the part of local authorities to help the feds with manpower or resources or data to enforce federal law within the jurisdiction of those local authorities. During the Clinton administration, when Congress passed legislation that directed local law enforcement to enforce a federal gun registration scheme, the Supreme Court invalidated the statute. It ruled that the feds cannot commandeer local and state officials and compel them to enforce federal laws; the feds can enforce their own laws." (08/10/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/08/andrew-p-napolitano/must-cities-enforce-federal-laws/

Chicago to file federal lawsuit over sanctuary cities threat

Source: Miami Herald

"Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Chicago will continuing fighting President Donald Trump's immigration policies with a lawsuit alleging it's illegal for the government to withhold public safety grants from so-called sanctuary cities. The federal lawsuit is expected to be filed Monday. A day earlier Emanuel said Chicago won't 'be blackmailed' into changing its values as a welcoming city." (08/07/17)

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/article165800027.html

US court hears challenge on Texas law to punish sanctuary cities

Source: US News & World Report

"A small border town and some of the largest cities in Texas will ask a federal judge on Monday to block a new state law to punish 'sanctuary cities,' arguing it promotes racial profiling, diverts resources from police and is unconstitutional. The Republican-backed law in Texas, the U.S. state with the longest border with Mexico, takes effect on Sept. 1. It is the first of its kind since Republican Donald Trump became president in January, promising to crack down on illegal immigration [sic]. … The law known as Senate Bill 4 calls for jail time for police chiefs and sheriffs who fail to cooperate in U.S. immigration enforcement." (06/26/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2017-06-26/us-court-hears-challenge-on-texas-law-to-punish-sanctuary-cities

Sanctuary cities are not the new nullification crisis

Source: Independent Institute
by William J Watkins Jr.

"In trying to discredit the sanctuary city movement, conservatives show an ignorance of history and mislead the public. Big government is too often in tune with the right’s agenda, and conservatives don’t want anything to interfere with expanding federal power." (05/23/17)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=9081

US DoJ narrows scope of "sanctuary cities" executive order

Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

"Attorney General Jeff Sessions is narrowing the scope of an executive order on so-called sanctuary cities. A federal judge in California last month blocked a key part of that order, reasoning that the Trump administration had overstepped by threatening to yank federal money from those places. In the new memo, the attorney general defines the cities narrowly — as places that 'willfully refuse to comply' with federal law. Sessions also made clear the threats apply only to a modest pool of grants administered by the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security, not the entire stream of U.S. funding for states and localities." (05/22/17)

http://www.npr.org/2017/05/22/529560837/justice-department-narrows-scope-of-sanctuary-cities-executive-order