9th Circuit Court Hands Trump 2 Wins: Planned Parenthood and Sanctuary Cities CAN Be Defunded

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals handed the Trump administration two victories this week when it ruled that the administration can cut federal funding both to Planned Parenthood and cities that declare themselves “sanctuaries” for lawbreaking illegal aliens.

In one case, the court ruled that the Trump administration has every right to cut law enforcement funding to cities that declare themselves “sanctuary cities.”

As The Hill reported:

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The ruling, a split 2-1 decision, said the Department of Justice (DOJ) was within its rights to withhold Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grants from sanctuary cities and states over their refusal to work with federal immigration enforcement authorities and instead prioritize agencies that focused on unauthorized immigration and agreed to give Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) access to jail records and immigrants in custody.

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The case came after the City of Los Angeles sued the Trump administration after a $3 million grant for law enforcement was canceled.

The Ninth’s ruling reversed a compliant left-wing ruling by a lower court that claimed the administration was not allowed to cut the funding.

“The panel rejected Los Angeles’s argument that DOJ’s practice of giving additional consideration to applicants that choose to further the two specified federal goals violated the Constitution’s Spending Clause,” wrote Judge Sandra Ikuta, joined by Judge Jay Bybee.

“The panel held that DOJ did not exceed its statutory authority in awarding bonus points to applicants that selected the illegal immigration focus area or that agreed to the Certification,” Ikuta added.

In a similar ruling, the Ninth also said that the administration can legally defund Planned Parenthood.

According to Reuters:

A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected emergency bids to temporarily set aside its recent decision allowing the Trump administration to enforce a ‘gag rule’ that could strip Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers of federal funding for family planning.

“By a 7-4 vote, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals let stand its June 20 decision lifting injunctions blocking enforcement of the rule, which makes clinics ineligible for Title X family planning funds if they provide abortion referrals.

As to the fine points, the Washington Times reported: “The Title X overhaul opened the door for pro-life pregnancy centers to receive funds by removing the requirement for ‘nondirective counseling on abortion.’ In March, the Obria Group of California became the first such center to receive a Title X grant.”

“The rule also requires a ‘clear financial and physical separation’ between abortion procedures and other family-planning services, a mandate scheduled to take effect in March 2020.”

By the way, the seven judges that voted in favor of defunding are Republican appointees, including two put on the bench by Trump. The other 4 were appointed by Democrat presidents.

Can you now see why it is so important to have a Republican president?

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