Federal Judge Green-lights Trump Denying Grants to Cali Sanctuary Cities

Written by Kevin Fobbs on March 10, 2018

At least there is one federal judge in California who believes in the rule of law and the state’s sanctuary cities will start feeling the economic pain. According to the Washington Examiner a federal judge in Northern California has shut down California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s attempt to block the Trump administration’s decision to deny a law enforcement grant to the state in cities that protect illegal immigrants. What does this mean in the battle for control of the nation’s southern border?

What is clear is that after years of liberal officials’ attempts to block the U.S. Constitutional right of the federal government to determine the necessary immigration policies that will protect its citizens this is a definite win. Becerra, who was a former congressman from California, did absolutely nothing to make changes in improving immigration policy in Congress, when Democrats had the White House, the Senate and the House.

Now, as the state’s attorney general, the former congressman wants to resist the federal immigration laws and policies that protect the legal citizens of the state he is charged with protecting. He went to court to obtain a preliminary injunction against the Trump administration’s decision to deny federal grants to the lawless obstructionists’ city and county officials that harbor criminal illegal immigrants. Instead he was given a legal whack on his hands by Judge William Orrick of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The judged ruled against him.

Berra had insisted that there would be harm and injury to the illegal immigrants. It appears that whatever law school this attorney general went to either did not school him on the U.S. Constitution regarding federal and state rights, or he was smoking something quite illegal when he was in his constitutional law class. In his ruling, the judge pointed out there is a difference between the “state’s broad constitutional police powers under the Tenth Amendment and the federal government’s ‘broad, undoubted power over the subject of immigration and the status of aliens.’ ”

In addition, the judge minimized the alleged harm that the California attorney general insisted would occur to the illegal immigrants who violated federal law once they entered the country. Judge Orrick wrote, “The injury threatened is not irreparable.” He added, “The amount of money at stake is small compared to the state’s budget. Payment is delayed, for the moment. The DOJ appears to be using its regular administrative process to decide whether it will follow its initial inclinations,” reported the Washington Examiner.

For eight years the Obama administration allowed so-called sanctuary cities to sprout up around the nation like weeds. Instead, President Trump and his administration wants to secure the nation’s borders and protect its citizens in these same cities and counties. In July of 2017, the Trump Justice Department began lowering the legal hammer on cities and jurisdictions that offer protection for those illegal immigrants who are residing in the U.S. That month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that cities and states would only be eligible to receive specific grants from the Justice Department if they complied with federal immigration law.

For some reason, California’s highest law enforcement official believed that his state should engage in illegal conduct to place itself above federal law. He and California Governor Jerry Brown believe that the rights of illegal immigrant criminals have precedence over the U.S. Constitution. Well, newsflash, Federal Judge Orrick disagrees and now the so-called “War” that Governor Brown called for against the federal government and the U.S. Constitution is on.

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Kevin Fobbs
Kevin Fobbs has more than 35 years of wide-ranging experience as a community and tenant organizer, Legal Services outreach program director, public relations consultant, business executive, gubernatorial and presidential appointee, political advisor, widely published writer, and national lecturer. Kevin is co-chair and co-founder of AC-3 (American-Canadian Conservative Coalition) that focuses on issues on both sides of the border between the two countries.