Report: Appeals court hands Trump rare ‘sanctuary cities' win

Opinion overturns injunction issued by judge

By Stephen Anthony Sobek

The Trump Administration has received a rare legal win its efforts to crack down on so-called “sanctuary cities,” The Associated Press reported Friday.

The Justice Department was within its rights to give priority status for police grants to communities that agree to cooperate with immigration officials, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in a 2-1 decision.

The opinion overturns a nationwide injunction issued by a Los Angeles federal judge, the AP reports.

The city had sued after it didn’t win a grant when it had failed to certify its cooperation in 2017, the wire service said.

Federal courts have blocked other Trump administration efforts to withhold federal money from sanctuary cities, the AP said.

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