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Federal Appellate Court Rules in Favor of Sanctuary Jurisdictions

The Seventh Circuit has upheld a district court’s judgment that the Justice Department cannot withhold public-safety grants from jurisdictions that do not give federal immigration agents access to their jails. Ilya Somin writes that the Justice Department policy, which places conditions on federal grants without Congressional authorization, undermines the separation of powers and threatens federalism because the president could use such policies to threaten states and localities on a variety of issues. Read more here and here.