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DOJ Loses in Court over Cooperation with ICE and Immigration Tip Sheets for Your Work

February 27, 2019
Sarah Bryer

Repeated Defeats in Court for Efforts by Department of Justice to Tie Funding to Cooperation with Immigration Enforcement  

The Federal Department of Justice has continued to try to tie federal funding for state law enforcement programs to collaboration with immigration enforcement. These efforts have repeatedly been struck down by the courts as unconstitutional. The latest court decision, out of the US District Court in California, emerges from a lawsuit filed by the Los Angeles Police Department over the conditions in last year’s Byrne JAG grant solicitation (Los Angeles v. Sessions).  The Court’s decision, issued on February 15, 2019, ordered that the DOJ is permanently enjoined (program wide) from requiring collaboration with immigration enforcement -- (notice and access; 8 U.S.C. § 1373 and 1644; 1324 harboring/non-disclosure; and the questionnaire/8 U.S.C. § 1366 certification).  Notably, the Court also enjoined similar conditions, specifically a preference given to applicants who indicated they would cooperate with immigration enforcement, from being imposed on awards under OJJDP's FY 2018 Gang Suppression Planning Grants Program.  The full court decision can be found here.

Additionally, in case you missed it, NJJN and Immigration Legal Resource Center produced a fact sheet on seven ways we all can help immigrant youth right now.  The fact sheets in English and Spanish can be found here.

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