City of Los Angeles

L.A. Scores Victory on Trump's Crackdown on 'Sanctuary Cities'

A judge rules local law enforcement agencies nationwide cannot be forced to cooperate with ICE to get federal funding.


LOS ANGELES (KNX1070) - The City of Los Angeles has scored a win against the Trump Administration's efforts to crackdown on so-called "sanctuary cities."

A judge has ruled the LAPD - and other local law enforcement agencies nationwide, cannot be forced to cooperate with ICE in order to get federal funding for community policing. 

However, City Atty. Mike Feuer says the ruling will not help L.A. get the funding it was denied by the Justice Department last year. The federal COPS Hiring Program awards more than $98 million to police departments across the U.S. to hire more officers to engage in community policing. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck says the contested grant money typically allows him to hire an additional 50 officers. 

Feuer says while the federal judge rejected all of the administration's arguments, an appeal may be coming.

(The Associated Press Contributed to this Report)