Both cities declared themselves as “sanctuary cities” and did not require their police to implement federal immigration policies
Boston The US Department of Justice withdrew its appeal against the court ruling, which stated that the federal government cannot force two cities in Rhode Island to turn their local police into virtual federal immigration agents.
Providence Mayor Jorge Erosa and Central Falls Mayor Maria Rivera said in a press release that the Justice Department withdrew the appeal, which was filed by the then President Donald Trump administration. The department is now led by Attorney General Merrick Garland and appointed by President Joe Biden.
The two cities filed lawsuits in August 2018 after the Trump administration asked recipients of the federal Edward Byrne Memorial Legal Assistance Grant to cooperate with the authorities to implement federal immigration laws.
Both cities declared themselves as “sanctuary cities” and did not require their police to implement federal immigration policies.
The Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled in favor of the city.
Elorza said: “I am very pleased that the Federal Court has played a vital role in protecting those guidelines that violate the Constitution.” Values and will fight against the illegal and unconstitutional behavior of the federal government.”