A controversial policy implemented by the Trump Administration has been quietly revoked by the U.S. Department of Justice that withheld grant funding to cities, counties and states that protected criminal illegal immigrants under, “sanctuary city” laws.
An internal memo sent out by Office of Justice Programs, Maureen Henneberg, stated that law enforcement agencies would no longer be required to cooperated with U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement in order to receive money from the department’s annual $250 million grant program.
Staff were also ordered to restart any pending applications that had similar criteria.
The decision came from Attorney General Merrick Garland who has made numerous changes to policies implemented by the Trump Administration to crack down on immigration.
The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants program will now be made available to all cities and states regardless of their sanctuary laws. The grant provides funds to state and local law enforcement agencies to pay for a variety of programs including prosecutions and corrections programs and drug and mental health programs.
The justice department will no longer use any type of immigration type criteria when deciding whether or not to provide grants to any state or city.