President Joe Biden’s Attorney General, Merrick Garland, has terminated a Trump administration policy that allowed the federal government to withhold millions of dollars in grants to states that establish sanctuary cities and refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
Two weeks ago, Garland issued a memo ending Trump’s executive order. Acting head of the Office of Justice Programs Maureen Henneberg, who supervises the DOJ’s largest grant-making arm, wrote that grantees, including cities, counties and states, would not have to cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in order to receive funding. She stated, according to Reuters, that staff should “pull down and revise all solicitations that describe requirements or priority consideration elements or criteria pertaining to immigration. … These solicitations will be reposted and grantees will be required to reapply.”
On its community-oriented policing page, the DOJ writes, “The Department informed grant recipients and applicants that they will continue receiving certain Department grants without making certifications. The Department will also cease