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In Immigration Battle, Judge Says Trump Can't Withhold Law Enforcement Funds From Sanctuary States

December 03, 2018 / Stephen Rex Brown

The Trump administration cannot withhold $29 million in federal money from New York and five other states that do not embrace harsh immigration policies, a judge wrote Friday, ruling that the effort violated the separation of powers. Manhattan Federal Judge Edgardo Ramos said the money from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program has to be distributed to the states, as well as New York City. Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions had spearheaded the effort to force "sanctuary" cities and state to implement policies such as allowing Immigration and Customs Enforcement easier access to jails, prisons, and citizenship information in exchange for the grant money.