BREAKING: Federal Judge Issues Order on Defunding Sanctuary Cities
Another day, another oligarch with a robe and a gavel is doing his part to invalidate an election.
The Hill reports that US District Judge Harry Leinenweber has issued a preliminary injunction blocking the Trump Administration from withholding federal aid money to “sanctuary city” localities that refuse to enforce immigration law:
The city of Chicago sued the Trump administration last month over the DOJ’s threat to withhold those grants from so-called sanctuary cities, which refuse to help federal authorities enforce immigration laws.
Leinenweber said in his 41-page ruling that Chicago had shown a “likelihood of success” in its arguments that Sessions exceeded his authority in July when he announced that the DOJ would withhold public safety grants to sanctuary cities.
The judge, who was appointed by former President Ronald Reagan, explained that he halted the DOJ policy nationwide because there is “no reason to think that the legal issues present in this case are restricted to Chicago or that the statutory authority given to the Attorney General would differ in another jurisdiction.”
In July, the agency announced that a popular grant program that provides money to local law enforcement for training and supplies would only apply “to cities and states that comply with federal law, allow federal immigration access to detention facilities, and provide 48 hours notice before they release an illegal alien wanted by federal authorities.”
As Conservative Review’s Daniel Horowitz has explained in the past, making federal grants conditional on compliance with federal immigration law is perfectly within the lawful powers of the federal government, and more importantly, Leinenweber’s opinion makes clear he’s not even particularly interested in what the law says. From the Chicago Tribune:
He also said Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration has shown the city could suffer “irreparable harm” in its relationship with the immigrant community if it were to comply with the U.S. Department of Justice’s new standards.
“Once such trust is lost, it cannot be repaired through an award of money damages, making it the type of harm that is especially hard to rectify” if he were to wait until the lawsuit is settled, Leinenweber wrote.
I’m sorry, but how the hell are the feelings of any community, immigrant or otherwise (and note well the obligatory glossing over of the legal/illegal immigrant distinction) any sort of relevant variable to interpreting constitutions or statutes? Lawbreakers’ disappointment at their lawbreaking no longer being indulged now constitutes a form of legal standing or interest?
And even if we accepted these ludicrous premises, how could the “lost trust” illegals feel possibly come close to sense of betrayal, fear, frustration, and hopelessness felt by the far greater number of American citizens who put Donald Trump in office precisely because degenerates like Emanuel and Leinenweber turned their communities into dangerous immigration anarchy zones?
Enough is enough. It’s no longer sufficient for the Trump Administration to just appeal these rogue jurists in court. Because our system of checks and balances means every branch of the federal government has a coequal right and responsibility to protect the Constitution — from each other, when necessary — the Founders gave Congress the power to impeach federal judges, set new boundaries for discretion, and even disband and reorganize the most hopeless federal courts. It’s beyond time they use it.