President Donald J. Trump can’t take Los Angeles’ police grant for refusing to give immigration officials access to detained immigrants, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday.
The three-judge panel said withholding the Los Angeles Police Department’s Byrne Justice Assistance Grant funding for public safety was an effort to press-gang state and local police into immigration enforcement. LAPD uses grant funding for drug treatment and enforcement programs.
“This is a victory for public safety on our streets, and for the Constitution,” Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said. “We will continue to fight the Trump Administration’s unlawful overreach and to stand up for the best interests of L.A. residents.”
Feuer filed a lawsuit last year in federal court when the Trump Administration threatened to withhold funds from LAPD unless the City agreed in advance to give federal agents notice of release times of immigrants in its correctional facilities, and to give federal agents access to the City’s jails to meet with immigrants.