...A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that the Justice Department does have power under the law to withhold federal grant money from communities that refuse to share information with ICE, giving President Trump a major victory in the escalating battle with sanctuary cities.
...The decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stands in contrast to rulings by a number of other courts, and could make the sanctuary issue ripe for a Supreme Court challenge.
...Judge Reena Raggi, a Bush appointee to the 2nd Circuit, said jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate are flouting federal law, and yet were begging for federal money.
..."Today's decision rightfully recognizes the lawful authority of the Attorney General to ensure that Department of Justice grant recipients are not at the same time thwarting federal law enforcement priorities," the department said in a statement.
...The fight is over what's known as Section 1373, written by Congress in 1996, which says localities applying for certain pots of money from the Justice Department may not block their employees from sharing information with Homeland Security "regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual."
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