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L.A. Sues Federal Government Over Threats to Withhold Funds

October 03, 2017  | 

Marking the latest legal challenge to the Trump administration's crackdown on "sanctuary cities," Los Angeles is suing the U.S. Department of Justice over its policy of conditioning federal funds on cooperation with immigration agents, reports the Los Angeles Times.

In a lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court, City Atty. Mike Feuer alleges that the Justice Department decision to tie federal grants to immigration enforcement is unconstitutional.

The lawsuit cites the Community Oriented Policing Services program, which is administered by the federal government and designed to bolster community policing.

L.A. routinely applies for funds through the program and received $3.125 million last year, which helped hire 25 officers, according to Feuer's office.

Now, the Justice Department has changed the terms for cities seeking the funds, the lawsuit alleges. For example, jurisdictions that agree to "focus" the use of grant funds on "illegal immigration" are given bonus points during the application process, according to the lawsuit. That amounts to preferential treatment to those cities, the lawsuit suggests.

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Trigger @ 10/4/2017 3:37 AM

LA follow the federal laws, you can't pick and choose what you want to do. I hope you loose your funding. Why do the law abiding cities have to share funds with those that do not follow the laws of the land.

kevcopaz @ 10/4/2017 2:56 PM

This is simple to fix.Do not attempt to change the grant rules mid-stream, grants are a contract and that causes legal problems. THINK about it, Republicans hold both houses. End the grants etc that these cities now have when they expire. RE-write the rules and laws for new grants that fit the non sanctuary city rules. They would have to abide by the new rules if they applied. If they don't then the hell with them, let the local "pro-immagranet " populating there supply the lost revenue. Simple., legal and they couldn't stop it.

Otj26yrs @ 10/5/2017 1:02 PM

As usual I agree with Kev. I do hope that they rewrite the rules for all disbursements from grants to highway funding to include wording to the effect that all entities applying for or accepting federal dollars to any degree must certify that they are in compliance and cooperating fully with all federal agencies and branches for monies to be forwarded to the state county or city. Failure to maintain cooperation and compliance will result in the immediate suspension of federal funding until certification of compliance can be verified. Any monies not forwarded during suspension are forfeit and shall not be paid retroactively.

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