Full Appeals Court to Hear Sanctuary Injunction Arguments

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit will sit en banc to rehear arguments on a district court’s ability to impose a nationwide injunction on the Justice Department’s withholding of funds from so-called “sanctuary” jurisdictions. Previously the district court judge found that, in omitting these funding requirements from the original grants, Congress expressed its intent to issue them without such restrictions and DOJ could not impose them later. The Seventh Circuit originally affirmed the nationwide injunction in April, and DOJ is now appealing on the premise that the City of Chicago alone should be subject to the injunction.