One of Joe Biden’s top priorities so far has been clear: roll back or completely erase many of his predecessor’s policies. This includes major changes to border security and foreign relations.
Donald Trump was bullish on the issue of national security and his southern border wall was hugely controversial. As was his hard-nosed stance on the so-called “sanctuary cities.”
Now, Biden has landed another blow on Trump’s legacy.
When Trump was in office, he withheld law-enforcement grants from cities that refused to cooperate with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
If they didn’t help the agency to find and arrest foreign-born residents in the country illegally, they wouldn’t receive federal funding. Of course, this was mostly an issue in Democrat-run sanctuary cities.
The cities in question immediately fought back, and appeals have been pending in the Supreme Court.
But not anymore. Biden’s administration put pressure on the high court to dismiss the cases (from Fox News):
The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a number of cases testing the Trump administration’s plan to withhold law-enforcement grants from cities that refused to cooperate with Department of Homeland Security efforts to deport noncitizens arrested by local police.
The court, which hadn’t yet decided whether it would hear the cases, acted shortly after the Biden administration and state and city governments in New York and California jointly asked the justices to dismiss the pending appeals.
Leaders in New York and San Francisco applauded the move.
They were fighting against the Trump administration’s policy, because NY and SF were well-known sanctuary cities. And they’d been accused of refusing to assist DHS many times.
But they wanted their funding and now they’ll get it.
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera had this to say:
We’re glad this issue has finally been put to rest.
Federal officials can do their job in San Francisco, just like anywhere else in the country. But we were not about to let our police, firefighters and nurses be commandeered and turned into the Trump administration’s deportation force.
San Francisco will now get the $1.4 million annually that Trump’s team denied them.
However, the bottom line is that sanctuary cities do limit cooperation with federal law enforcement personnel. And the Trump administration said such policies endangered American citizens.
Trump always railed against the idea, as it feasibly protected criminal foreign-born individuals.
That’s why he sought to punish any city or jurisdiction that didn’t work with DHS, so they could do their job effectively. But obviously, Biden’s team doesn’t see it this way.
And it’s yet another example of Biden tearing down Trump’s policies, which will probably continue to happen. It’s another reason why many Trump followers are hoping he’ll run again in 2024.
- After pressure from the Biden administration, the Supreme Court dropped several cases from the Trump years.
- These cases involved denying federal funds to sanctuary cities.
- But now those cities (like New York and San Francisco) will get those funds, even if they limit cooperation with DHS.
Source: Fox News