According to the The Sacramento Bee, in response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement on withholding federal funds from sanctuary cities, Attorney General Xavier Becerra and a prime team of lawyers appear to be considering a suit against the Trump administration.
The California Attorney General, conjointly with California local government attorneys, is examining the prospect of charging the Justice Department with violations to the Constitution in respect to its threat to deprive cities and states of funds that provide for essentials to fighting crime.
A former Justice Department official states, “The cities and states affected by these [Sessions’] provisions have strong arguments to make in court that these conditions are illegal. If Congress wanted these requirements to be part of the grant funding decision, they would have written it into the law.”
In keeping with the former DoJ official’s statement, The Sacramento Bee foresees Attorney General Becerra’s suit to assert that grant funding to police departments and cities is under the jurisdiction of Congress.
Becerra’s speculation on suing the State Department comes after a federal judge in April blocked Trump from withholding federal money from sanctuary cities. With California being in his ‘gun sights’ as problematic in respect to ‘immigration law’, Trump told Fox News in February, “If we have to, we’ll defund. We give tremendous amounts of money to California — California in many ways is out of control, as you know.”
In cautious support of a possible legal suit, Governor Jerry Brown stated on NBC’s “Meet the Press”, “It might just be very helpful to get into court and resolve this in a judicial form, rather than in the rhetoric of politicians talking past one another …. [I]f the law is ambiguous, we can clarify it through litigation.”
As a highly knowledgeable attorney, with notable experience in Washington, and with the law heavily favoring his contention, California Attorney General Becerra seems well-poised to pursue a suit against Attorney General Sessions’ intention to defund police departments in sanctuary cities.
To read more on California Attorney General Becerra’s considering a lawsuit against the Justice Department, see TruthDig: California Considers Suing Trump Administration on Immigration, from which this information was derived.
POLITICUS USA, By Dan Levine
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California plans to file a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice over federal restrictions on some law enforcement grants to so-called sanctuary cities, a spokesperson for California’s attorney general office said on Monday.
The city of San Francisco filed its own lawsuit against the department late last week, saying the federal government has improperly sought to force local jurisdictions to enforce national immigration law by imposing funding conditions.
The complete news article: POLITICUS USA: California to sue Trump administration over sanctuary policy