Court Nixes Trump Policy of Tying Grants to Enforcement

A sharply worded ruling by a federal appeals court in Chicago on Thursday said the Trump administration policy of threatening to withhold grant money from so-called sanctuary cities to force them to comply with its more stringent immigration policies violates separation-of-powers provisions enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.

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Fair Housing

The Port Arthur Community Action Network et al. sued the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, et al. in federal court, claiming they discriminated against poor, minority renters by letting only property owners apply for $5.6 billion in HUD recovery money after Hurricane Harvey.

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Ninth Circuit Upholds Block of DOJ Conditions on Grants to Sanctuary Cities

A Ninth Circuit panel sided with a federal judge Thursday, upholding a decision to bar the Justice Department from imposing special conditions on policing grants for cities that refuse to help federal authorities detain and deport undocumented immigrants.

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EPA Threatens to Cut California Road Funds Over ‘Chronic’ Smog

Amid a growing dispute over climate change and vehicle emissions standards, the Trump administration on Tuesday threatened to withhold highway funding and other federal grants from California over its “chronic air quality problems.”

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