Judge Andrew Napolitano told Fox News’ Martha MacCallum Wednesday that President Trump will not be able to strong-arm sanctuary cities by withholding federal funding until the next fiscal year.
“That is what the Seattle loss is about,” Fox’s senior judicial analyst stated. “Seattle argues, quite properly, that the federal government can’t claw the money back because they never agreed to help ICE.”
“The mayor of Dallas, Seattle, the mayor of every city in the country has taken an oath to uphold all state and federal laws,” he continued. “But they did not agree to the condition of ‘we will help enforce federal laws, unless that condition is in the money at the time it is given.'”
“Short answer is President Trump and the Congress can get their way, but only with the money that starts with next October, not with the money that has started last October.”