The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of a Trump administration policy to give preference to cities that will work to tackle illegal immigration when it comes to grants.
The City of Los Angeles filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice because it did not get a grant aimed at building bridges between police and communities.
Los Angeles chose to focus on that, rather than illegal immigration, due to its sanctuary city status.
But the court ultimately ruled with the administration, saying the DOJ’s parameters encouraged and did not coerce cities to tackle illegal immigration.
Judges also ruled against a claim by Los Angeles that the DOJ infringed on state autonomy and violated the tenth amendment.
They called the DOJ’s focus on illegal immigration “entirely reasonable.”
The White House says the ruling reverses a lawless decision that enabled sanctuary city policies, putting the safety and security of all Americans in harm’s way.