Court dismisses “sanctuary cities” petitions

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By Amy Howe

at 10:58 a.m.

The Supreme Court on Thursday, at the request of the parties involved, dismissed three cases resulting from efforts by the Trump administration to withhold law enforcement funds from so-called “sanctuaries” and cities – states and local governments that do not cooperate with federal immigration authorities. Although the filings filed with the Supreme Court on Thursday contained few details, the dismissal appeared to signal another reversal of Trump-era immigration policies by the Biden administration.

The Justice Department filed a petition, Wilkinson v. City and County of San Francisco last year, asking judges to review a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit that the DOJ was not empowered to impose conditions Medium. Both New York State and New York City filed their own petitions, New York v Justice Department and City of New York v Justice Department, calling on the Supreme Court to review a U.S. Court of Appeal decision for the 2nd circuit that maintains the conditions.

In a letter to the Supreme Court on Jan. 27, Acting Attorney General Robert Wilkinson suggested that the court delay processing the DOJ’s petition until the Biden administration could determine its position on the issues in the case . The judges then rescheduled the petitions twice and declined to consider them at their February 19 and 26 conferences before scheduling them for their March 5 conference.

The DOJ and the challengers on Thursday asked court clerk Scott Harris to dismiss the case. The motion fell under Supreme Court rule 46.1, which instructs the clerk to dismiss a case – without the judges’ permission – if all sides agree. Harris quickly granted the requests.

This article was originally published by Howe on the Court.