Judge bars immigration enforcement criteria for police grant

Trump initiated a crackdown on undocumented immigrants after assuming office in January 2017

The ruling came Thursday after Los Angeles — a sanctuary city — filed a request for an injunction.

The federal COPS Hiring Program awards more than $98 million to police departments across the U.S.to hire more officers for community policing.

In a week that saw the office and home of Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen raided, the president has grown even more furious with his two top Justice Department officials who were instrumental in the appointment of Robert Mueller who made a referral on Cohen to federal prosecutors in NY. "Because of the Attorney General's recusal, only Deputy AG Rosenstein could remove the special counsel, and it would have to be for good cause", Communications Director Matt House said in a statement.

Former Trump National Security Council official Ezra Cohen-Watnick is joining the Department of Justice as a national security adviser to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a source familiar with the matter told TPM Wednesday.

Los Angeles was not awarded one of the grants in 2017.

Failure to comply with 8 U.S.C. 1373 could result in the Justice Department seeking the return of FY2016 grants, requiring additional conditions for receipt of any FY2017 Byrne JAG funding, and/or jurisdictions being deemed ineligible to receive FY2017 Byrne JAG funding.

The Justice Department wanted Los Angeles police to provide access to city jails, share technical information about investigations and allow access to information about arrestees, Beck said. Spokesman Devin O'Malley said the court "chose to issue a permanent nationwide injunction that is overbroad and inconsistent with the rule of law".

Many cities in the US have implemented sanctuary laws as a way to focus law enforcement officers on local crime rather than detaining people suspected of being in the country illegally.

The city's lawsuit claimed that DOJ presented an "untenable choice" of either helping federal immigration enforcement or giving up funds for public safety.

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