A little more than a week ago, the 2nd Court Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling blocking the Trump administration’s plan to withhold federal funding from sanctuary cities and states, according to Fox News.
With that victory in hand, the Washington Examiner is now reporting that Trump has every intention of following through with his threat to drop the hammer on the cities and states protecting these illegal immigrants.
Making the ruling
Make no mistake about it, this is among the biggest court battles this administration has been fighting — and it will be considered a major win for Trump.
Ever since Trump vowed a war on illegal immigration, Democrats have been fighting him tooth and nail to keep those illegal immigrants safe from deportation.
If this were any other criminal, Democrats would be guilty of obstruction of justice or aiding and abetting. Since Trump can’t lock them up, he decided to withhold funding that would normally go to these cities that are now protecting these illegals.
At stake is an overall sum of about $250 million in funds that will surely be missed by every city and state now serving as a sanctuary city.
Blocking the funding
With this win in his pocket, Trump is not waiting to hold these sanctuary cities and states accountable.
He tweeted Thursday, according to The Hill: “As per recent Federal Court ruling, the Federal Government will be withholding funds from Sanctuary Cities. They should change their status and go non-Sanctuary. Do not protect criminals!”
While last week’s ruling was a victory for Trump, this is far from the end of this case. The administration has been defeated on this issue by other, more liberal-leaning courts, and three recent decisions have been against Trump on the matter.
This, in all likelihood, means that the case will end up in front of the Supreme Court at some point.
The good news for Trump is that thus far, the Supreme Court has tended to uphold federal laws on immigration over state laws as well as already having sided with the administration in other key rulings.
The fight is not over just yet, but it looks like things are finally headed in the right direction.