Jeff Session announced that that US Department of Justice would cut off funding for certain public safety and law enforcement programs in sanctuary cities.
Programs in sanctuary cities
In 2017, Attorney General Jeff Session announced that that US Department of Justice would cut off funding for certain public safety and law enforcement programs in sanctuary cities (i.e., cities that limit their cooperation with federal immigration officials). Several cities sued the Department of Justice, and in April, 2018, a US District Court ordered the Department of Justice to restore funding for the programs. The court decided that the Department of Justice exceeded it constitutional authority by punishing cities that did not participate in federal law enforcement programs. While federal immigration authorities can still enforce immigration laws themselves, they cannot try to compel local governments to participate in those activities. What do you think? Should cities participate in federal immigration enforcement? Did the court rule correctly that the Department of Justice’s decision exceeds the constitutional authority of the federal executive branch? Or should the court have upheld the Department of Justice’s decision to cut grants to sanctuary cities? Explain. Be sure to provide at least two reasons to justify your answer as to why the federal court ruled correctly or incorrectly in this case.