DOJ Asks Supreme Court For Special Favor

( President Joe Biden is continuing his effort to undo as much as former President Donald Trump’s policies as humanely possible.

On Thursday, the Biden administration formally asked the Supreme Court to dismiss pending appeals that Trump’s administration had filed. The three appeals sought to block some federal grants to states and cities that abide by what’s known as “sanctuary” locations. This means they don’t cooperate with federal immigration enforcement agencies and policies.

Elizabeth Prelogar, the acting solicitor general, told the high court that the Biden administration had resolved ongoing federal litigation it was involved in with New York State, California, New York City and various other sanctuary jurisdictions.

After the Trump administration threatened to withhold grants from these sanctuary jurisdictions, the states and cities sued the federal government. The grant they were withholding is called the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants.

Jurisdictions often use these particular grants to pay police overtime or to buy new equipment that they need. The grant is named after a New York City police officer, Edward Byrne, who was murdered while on duty back in 1988.

The court system overall was split on whether the Trump administration policies were legal or not. In fact, both sides were filing appeals in the case, due to lower court rulings in the three cases.

The Trump administration had asked the Supreme Court to hear a case in California, known as Wilkinson v. San Francisco. The city and state of New York were asking for the Supreme Court to review cases they had lost in lower courts.

Those cases were called the City of New York v. Department of Justice, as well as New York v. Department of Justice.

In February 2020, a federal appeals court ruled in favor of the Trump administration, saying they could withhold the grants from New York City as well as seven states. That decision, issued by the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals, reversed a decision from the lower court that blocked Trump’s Department of Justice from enacting their policy.

This issue goes back to almost the beginning of Trump’s time in the White House. It began in July 2017, when Jeff Sessions, who was serving as attorney general at the time, publicly announced that any applications for the Edward Byrne grant would have to first comply with anything federal immigration enforcement agencies needed.

States pushed back on that directive immediately, and filed suit against the Trump administration. The low court blocked the Trump administration from initiating that policy.

Then, almost a year later, in April 2018, the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that ruling. They found in favor of the city of Chicago in that case.

It’s been a confusing and winding road for the Trump administration and cities and states in regard to sanctuary jurisdictions. Now, the Biden administration is doing everything it can to put an end to those policies.

The president is hoping that the Supreme Court will side with his newly-installed Department of Justice and dismiss the cases outright.