Appeals court says Trump can freeze funding to sanctuary jurisdictions


The Trump administration can withhold federal funding from so-called sanctuary cities and states that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities, a three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled on Wednesday.

The unanimous decision, which set up a possible appeal to the Supreme Court, reversed a lower court ruling ordering the administration to release the money to New York City and the states of New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Washington.

The city and state governments sued to challenge the 2017 policy, which links the funding to providing immigration officials access to their jails and notification when undocumented immigrants are being released.

Three appeals courts have upheld injunctions blocking enforcement of parts of the policy.

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