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Wednesday, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Trump Administration can withhold federal funds from cities and states that deny the feds access to illegal aliens released from prisons (i.e., maintain “sanctuary” for illegals).

This is a good thing. The headline on the local station web site reads “Appeals court rules against Wash. State.” In this case, Washington state, and others, are in the wrong, and, in my opinion, deserve to be slapped down.

I wonder if the tide may be turning against so-called “sanctuary” cities and states? I wonder if the Trump Administration will start winning more cases, and be allowed to enforce current immigration law. I wonder if we may start to see a decrease in murders and assaults committed by illegal aliens who should have been deported.

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  1. JoelB Member

    The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has had to re-arrange its funding for highways because in the eyes of the Federal Government the interstates were no being kept up adequately. Failure to meet air quality standards is reason enough for withholding Federal funding. It seems like this should not be controversial. If you don’t follow the rules, you get penalized.

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    • February 26, 2020, at 5:08 PM PST
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  2. Clifford A. Brown Contributor

    Washington was in this because of the outrageous nationwide injunction lawfare of leftist judges. The Second Circuit, like the district court judge, has power within specified geographic boundaries. The Second Circuit, controlling New York, Vermont, and Connecticut, smacked down the offending leftist judge and declined to pay any attention to the Trump Derangement Syndrome decision out of the Seventh Circuit on the same topic. I’ve posted some commentary and quoted the case summary and introduction from the Second Circuit opinion.

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    • February 26, 2020, at 7:30 PM PST
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  3. RushBabe49 Thatcher
    RushBabe49

    Our Attorney General, Bob Ferguson is sometimes called “Sideshow Bob” and is mocked for his permanent campaign for Governor. For the past three years he has spent most of his time suing the Trump administration for nearly everything, and I am glad to see him slapped down for a change. 

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    • February 26, 2020, at 7:47 PM PST
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  4. Stad Thatcher

    I’ll bet the state makes up for the loss of funding with a tax increase. You watch . . .

    • #4
    • February 27, 2020, at 5:30 AM PST
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  5. Ray Kujawa Coolidge

    Federalism. Works every time it’s tried.

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    • February 27, 2020, at 2:17 PM PST
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  6. cdor Member
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    RushBabe49: I wonder if the tide may be turning against so-called “sanctuary” cities and states? I wonder if the Trump Administration will start winning more cases, and be allowed to enforce current immigration law. I wonder if we may start to see a decrease in murders and assaults committed by illegal aliens who should have been deported.

    I wonder how much better our country will be if Trump wins another term as POTUS.

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    • February 27, 2020, at 2:19 PM PST
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  7. cdor Member
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    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    Edgardo Ramos, the “offending” judge moved to this country as a small child with his mother and 6 siblings. He ended up graduating from Yale and then Harvard…quite the success story. But his success hasn’t kept him from attempting to destroy the Constitution. If any State can determine for themselves they will not obey Federal law, then why not any County, or city, or any individual? We no longer retain the glue that binds us as a nation–citizens who respect each other and obey our laws.

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    • February 27, 2020, at 2:31 PM PST
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  8. philo Member

    RushBabe49: I wonder if the Trump Administration will start winning more cases, and be allowed to enforce current immigration law.

    It was all part of the broader stall game. If Trump loses this year, they will openly laugh and brag about their comprehensive stall strategies and how they wasted much of his time and political capital. If he wins…well, Second Term Trump is going to be mighty interesting.

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    • February 27, 2020, at 2:36 PM PST
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  9. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member

    Ray Kujawa (View Comment):

    Federalism. Works every time it’s tried.

    Not necessarily. There are downsides to state-level regulation, apparent if you study “dormant commerce clause” jurisprudence.

    One that I recall — Bibb v. Navajo Freight Lines (here) — involved different state regulations of the shape of mud-flaps on semis. Seriously. I think that one state required straight mud-flaps, and another required curved mud-flaps. So an interstate trucker would have to stop at the border to change mud-flaps.

    Local regulation can be even more of a nuisance than federal regulation.

    Another example is the patchwork of weapons laws throughout the country. If traveling interstate, you have to check the legal requirements for each jurisdiction. I think that our buddy Spin faced this problem recently, in planning a cross-country move.

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    • February 27, 2020, at 3:10 PM PST
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  10. I Walton Member

    JoelB (View Comment):

    The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has had to re-arrange its funding for highways because in the eyes of the Federal Government the interstates were no being kept up adequately. Failure to meet air quality standards is reason enough for withholding Federal funding. It seems like this should not be controversial. If you don’t follow the rules, you get penalized.

    The Federal government should have little to any authority for most such things. Immigration status is a Federal responsibility and States should have no authority not granted by the Feds. Pollution with spill overs is more complex. The original design is difficult to improve upon, pollution in a modern economy is more complex, but it has to be a joint process.

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    • February 27, 2020, at 3:19 PM PST
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  11. Stad Thatcher

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):
    Another example is the patchwork of weapons laws throughout the country. If traveling interstate, you have to check the legal requirements for each jurisdiction. I think that our buddy Spin faced this problem recently, in planning a cross-country move.

    On trips out west, I’ve had to leave weapons at home due to cutting across the southern tip of Illinois . . .

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    • February 28, 2020, at 6:07 AM PST
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  12. The Reticulator Member

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):
    Local regulation can be even more of a nuisance than federal regulation.

    Yes. Exactly. We need more local regulation and less federal regulation. 

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    • February 28, 2020, at 8:31 PM PST
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