SCC sets a ‘knockout’ Guinness world record

first_imgIf at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Last year’s Sophomore Class Council (SCC) kept this phrase in mind the past spring semester when they attempted to break the Guinness World Record for largest tournament of knockout basketball, a feat Keough Hall had fallen short of in the fall of 2011. The SCC achieved their goal March 2 when 433 people participated in the tournament in the Joyce Athletic and Convocation Center (JACC). The results were recently certified by Guinness. Junior Jake Frego, a member of last year’s SCC, said the council held the event to unite the sophomore class with a common goal. “Last year, one of the objectives of the SCC athletic committee was to help our class to realize a noteworthy achievement, and to have a great deal of fun while doing so,” he said. “We wanted the achievement to bring together our classmates and offer them some sort of subsequent recognition.” The council arranged with the men’s basketball team to hold the tournament immediately after the men’s last home game against Providence College. Keough Hall rector Fr. Pete McCormick, who spearheaded the attempt in the fall, said the collaboration helped the SCC succeed where Keough had come short. “They coordinated this whole event with men’s basketball and the community at large, and that was the reason we were able to make this happen,” he said. After the players exited, McCormick said everyone in the stands was invited to go down to the court and join the tournament. Frego said the participants included both students and members of the Notre Dame and South Bend communities. Throughout the tournament, the council took steps to ensure Guinness would validate the attempt if they broke the record. “We were required to inform Guinness of our record attempt and had to submit a very detailed description,” Frego said. On the day of the record attempt, McCormick said every participant was asked to sign a waiver, and the event was recorded. Guinness also required a counter who sat at the foul line to double-check that the names on the waivers were legitimate, and two witnesses not associated with the University to verify the event. Despite the success of the event, McCormick said he does not anticipate an immediate attempt to exceed the record. “For now there are no plans, but it’s one of those things that if some other school would try to break it or actually break it, then I would expect that we would try to regain that record,” he said. The event proved to be an extraordinary achievement for the class, Frego said. “We hoped to demonstrate that if Notre Dame students unite behind an effort, they can achieve something remarkable – even a Guinness World Record,” he said.last_img read more

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Board promotes diversity through conference

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Student Diversity Board (SDB) will host its biggest event of the year after spring break when it sponsors the eighth annual Diverse Students’ Leadership Conference (DSLC) on March 19 and 20. Senior Maddie Meckes, chair of DSLC and vice president of SDB, said the event intends to motivate participants to spark social change.   “The goal of the conference is to allow participants to enrich their perspectives of the adversities and benefits within diverse academic, social and professional settings,” Meckes said. “Our theme this year is ‘From Awareness to Action: Change Your Mind, Ways & World.’ We want participants to be inspired to become catalysts for change in their communities.” Meckes has worked with senior co-chair and SDB secretary Jean Osberger to publicize the event, and several hundred students have already signed up to attend. “We worked with the Career Crossings Office to plan this, and we have five alumnae panelists from the South Bend area attending,” Meckes said. The keynote addresses will come from a wide range of speakers, Meckes said, each with a different perspective on diversity. The opening speaker, Daisy Hernandez, is co-editor of ‘Colonize This!: Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism.’ She will speak at 12 p.m. March 19 in Carroll Auditorium. “[Hernandez] speaks on equality, feminism, race and politics,” Meckes said. “Derreck Kayongo is our closing keynote speaker on March 20 at 6 p.m. in Carroll Auditorium. He is a refugee from Uganda and founded the Global Soap Project, which recycles used soap from hotels for new soap in third-world countries.” Kayongo, who was a Top 10 CNN Hero in 2011, will speak about his experiences and how he became a catalyst for change, Meckes said. The keynote speaker for the high school track is Elliott Lewis, a news reporter and law student at the University of Akron. He will discuss biracialism in America and his book “Fade.” Meckes said the speakers were chosen for this year’s conference because of their backgrounds in social justice and their proven ability to influence change in their communities. “The goal of DSLC is for participants to recognize the need for change in society and desire to create that change,” she said. “All three keynotes have recognized the need for change and worked, either through their writing or their careers, to make a positive change in the world.” Osberger said she is especially excited about the speakers because of their ability to connect with the audience. “I look forward to Daisy Hernandez’s keynote address because … she is charismatic and funny, but her message for feminism and equality is particularly pertinent to our student body,” Osberger said. “We are also honored to host Kayongo who speaks directly to our theme as a key international figure who has innovated positive change in developing countries.” The live salsa band “La Republica” will provide entertainment for the conference, Osberger said, and there will also be salsa lessons in Dalloway’s Coffeehouse at 7 p.m. on March 20. There also will be an alumnae lunch March 20. All workshops will be in the conference rooms of the Saint Mary’s Student Center. Registration for DSLC is available on OrgSync and is open to the public. For more information about registration, visit https://orgsync.com/56318/forms/6541last_img read more

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Power outage darkens campus

first_imgA power outage across campus left several dorms and classrooms in the dark Wednesday morning, but campus officials have not yet determined the cause, according to an email from Paul Kempf, director of utilities and maintenance.The email was sent to building managers and rectors Wednesday afternoon.“While performing a minor maintenance activity this morning at our electrical substation an unexpected and currently unexplained anomaly resulted in the loss of our interconnect with the grid,” Kempf said in the email. “The result of this loss required the shedding of electrical loads affecting a portion of campus. Our systems are currently stable, but the cause of the issue still remains unexplained.”University spokesman Dennis Brown said only parts of campus were affected by the power outage, which began just before 9:30 a.m.“About 50 percent of the campus was without power for 10 minutes,” Brown said.Workers were scheduled to investigate the cause of the outage by testing the electrical system after 9 p.m. Wednesday, which would cause “some risk of a repeat occurrence,” Kempf said in the email. He told The Observer on Wednesday night another outage was not expected.“The problem we had this morning isn’t totally explained yet,” Kempf said. “… We’re trying to avoid the disruption to classes, and this evening is when we’re trying to work on it.”Breen-Phillips, Farley, Zahm, Cavanaugh, Alumni, Pangborn, Dillon, Lyons, Carroll, Duncan, Welsh Family, McGlinn and O’Neill were reportedly among the affected dorms, according to hall residents.The outage went unnoticed by some West Quad residents because of backup generators kicking in, according to students.“We had backup generators so it was pretty hard to notice,” junior Thom Behrens, a Duncan Hall resident, said. Junior Kyle McCaffery said generators also supplied electricity to O’Neill Hall during the outage.The Hayes-Healy Center and O’Shaughnessy, Galvin, and Geddes Halls lost power, according to students present in the buildings during the outage. DeBartolo Hall was not affected.Brown said Main Building and the Joyce Athletic and Convocation Center also lost power.Rectors cautioned their residents to take precautions throughout Wednesday night’s testing period.“As tests are conducted this evening, the campus may experience rolling power outages after 9 p.m.,” Morrissey rector Ronald Vierling said in an email sent to the hall.In the event of a second outage, “your ID [cards] will not be able to swipe you into any building,” Elaine DeBassige, Farley Hall rector, said in an email to residents.Kempf advised students to limit their use of electronics Wednesday night.“If you’re doing something and you don’t necessarily need to have it on after nine o’clock, you can turn it off,” he said.Brown said the outage was not related to the Aug. 20 partial collapse of a cooling cell in the University’s steam generation system, which provides cool water and air conditioning to campus.Tags: blackout, Dennis Brown, electricity, Paul Kempf, power outage, residence halls, utilitieslast_img read more

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Indiana lieutenant governor to speak at ‘LeadHER’ panel

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s College Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI) and the Career Crossings Collegiate Speaker Series will host Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and her chief of staff Tonya Brothers-Bridge on Tuesday for a panel discussion titled “LeadHER.”The panel will take place between 7 and 9 p.m. in O’Laughlin Auditorium and consist of local community leaders who will direct the conversation and ask questions of Ellspermann and Brothers-Bridge.According to Saint Mary’s website, the discussion will center around topics such as “fearless leadership, transitions in life and the power of women mentorship.” Associate project director for the WEI Joan McClendon will moderate the event.McClendon said female leaders from the community including president and CEO of the YWCA North Central Indiana, Linda Baechle, president and CEO of Michiana Partnership, Regina Emberton, while Saint Mary’s students Eleanor Jones and Ambar Varela will also join the panel.Brothers-Bridge visited Saint Mary’s on May 27 for an entrepreneurial leadership event and asked if she and the lieutenant governor could return, McClendon said.“She really enjoyed her time here and asked if they could come back to visit, including touring the campus and meeting the students,” McClendon said. “We are an all-women’s college so it is a natural fit for them to come.”Ellspermann and Brothers-Bridge’s experience working together will be a key component of the talk, College director of media relations Gwen O’Brien said.“Part of the reason we even asked Tonya to come was because she had an opportunity to share her relationship with the lieutenant governor,” O’Brien said. “She talked a lot about her relationship with the lieutenant governor [on her previous visit] so I think that will be important. I want and hope that women can take away that women can come together in a professional and in a personal level.”McClendon said when she spoke to Brothers-Bridge, she asked what Ellspermann and Brothers-Bridge could bring to Saint Mary’s and what they wanted to discuss.“Obviously they work together and have worked together before,” McClendon said. ” … They can speak to college students, either coming from high school into college, college students leaving and women making transitions in their careers and lifestyles.“We have more in common than we do differences, so you have this beautiful opportunity to have these two very influential women to come in and share their very influential experiences,” she said.Women of different generations will be represented at LeadHER, O’Brien said, and they will each learn something different depending on where they are in their life.“To me, this talk is another example of how women help women,” O’Brien said. “We just do, we don’t hesitate with ‘what if.’ We’re talking to a couple different generations but wherever they are in their life, they could use a pep talk on how to make that transition in life or how to be a mentor.”“There are some awesome women in the community that need to meet these awesome women inside Saint Mary’s College,” McClendon said. “And let’s not just meet but let’s develop synergy and relationships. That’s my passion, and I believe that is the passion of the lieutenant governor and her chief of staff. As a matter of fact I know that that is their passion, and that’s why they’re coming here.”A photo booth and refreshments will be available at the talk, McClendon said. The event is free but ticketed.Tags: LeadHER, women leaders, Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiativelast_img read more

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Student senate discusses sustainability, Onward

first_imgStudent Senate met Wednesday night for presentations on new sustainability initiatives in the dining halls, the NOVO registration program and Onward, student government’s new online forum for students. Linda Kurtos, director of sustainability, addressed student complaints about the removal of styrofoam cups from the dining halls, saying sustainability has a unique set of priorities.“Something to remember about styrofoam is it really is a very bad actor in the world of sustainability,” Kurtos said. “ When we talk about sustainability, we think about ‘How do we do the best, first for people, then the planet and then for profit?’” Kurtos also discussed what the money saved will be used for. “Part of this program is to reallocate some of the money saved from not buying the polystyrene cups and put it toward more local and more sustainable food,” she said. “So now, we’re using all a local dairy farmer for our dairy products in the dining halls.”After Kurtos’ presentation, Chuck Hurley, University registrar, held a discussion with student senators about NOVO, the class registration system that replaced DART this fall, including information about future updates that will be made, such as adding CIF forms. The meeting ended with a presentation from Student Body President Bryan Ricketts, Director of Constituent Services John Kill and Director of Campus Technology Michael McRoskey about Onward, an online forum to give students a place to post their concerns. Kill said Onward will be a student-driven way to address problems and offer possible solutions.“We’re trying to establish this idea of problem and solution. It falls under what we call ‘ideation to probable action,’” he said. Only Notre Dame undergraduate students will be able to access Onward, which is set to launch next week – faculty and graduate students will not be able to see it. Ricketts described the program as being “like Yik Yak, but not anonymous.” Students can make and vote on posts; posts with more votes will receive more attention. In order to improve transparency with student government and the administration, McRoskey and Ricketts said problems that are being addressed will be “pinned” to the top of the feed with updates to let users know the problem is being handled. Ricketts said he hopes this new program will encourage students to be more vocal about their concerns. “When Nidia [Ruelas, student body vice president,] and I were out campaigning, we went and knocked on pretty much every door on campus, talked to every student that we could and got a lot of great ideas,” he said. “It’d be great if we could do that every day, but we can’t. Senators can bring their ideas to us, but there’s 8,000 students at this school and they have ideas and concerns to share.”The student senate meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Notre Dame Room of LaFortune Student Center. All meetings are open to the public.Tags: Chuck Hurley, NOVO registration, Office of Sustainability, Onward, Student government, student senatelast_img read more

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SMC students’ costumes featured on Buzzfeed

first_imgTags: ’90s, costumes, halloween, Weddings Five Saint Mary’s students decided to dress up for Halloween as a ’90s themed bridal party, and in a span of two days, pictures of the students and their costumes were featured by BuzzFeed, Cosmopolitan, Elite Daily and HelloGiggles.The original BuzzFeed article, published Nov. 1, “A Group of College Friends Dressed Up As 90s Bridal Party For Halloween And Had A Fake Wedding,” features the students posing for wedding pictures in their costumes and describing what they did to mimic a wedding.One of the “bridesmaids,” junior Claire Condon said junior Bridget Hogan, the “bride,” originally thought of the idea two weeks before Halloween, and the group of friends unanimously agreed to it.“They all went to the Salvation Army and St. Vincent’s, and they bought the most ridiculous dresses,” Condon said. “I said to pick me something ugly. It was like a real wedding day. We were counting down the days like it was real.”Condon explained that when the girls were getting ready for the “wedding,” she decided to start documenting the experience. She took more than 150 pictures that resembled typical wedding day events and posted them on social media sites.“We all have the same monogram glasses, and we all have the same matching robes with the monograms on them,” she said. “Then we went down to the chapel, and we all went down the aisle, took pictures and came back. Everyone at the party thought our costumes were hilarious. We were like celebrities.”“I put it up as if it were a real album,” Condon said. “I made the album public, only friends of friends could see it, but that’s how all those sites got ahold of all the pictures, too. I went out on a whim, went on Buzzfeed, clicked on the viral page and just clicked the writer’s name [Stephanie McNeal]. I had no idea who she was or anything about her, but I just sent her an email.”Condon explained that after pitching the idea to BuzzFeed, she heard back a day later, and then she and the lead writer exchanged emails.“Next thing I know, I got an email back from her saying thanks, with a link to BuzzFeed attached. We were all cracking up, and we shared it. We were saying, ‘We peaked, look at us,’” Condon said.Condon said people on the Internet were not all supportive of the costume.“Some people were very mean on the comments — they said things like, ‘These girls know nothing about the ’90s,’ ‘They desecrated a church,’ and that our cats must have been busy,” Condon said.Condon said the story, which reached the No. 9 trending story on BuzzFeed and had gotten 100,000 views in one day, was a fun albeit strange experience.“The whole thing was very unreal; it snowballed. It’s bizarre. I keep laughing about it,” she said.last_img read more

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Theology professor dies in San Antonio

first_imgTheology professor Fr. Virgilio Elizondo, who is widely considered the founder of U.S. Latino theology and received the 1997 Laetare Medal, committed suicide Monday in San Antonio, according to a South Bend Tribune report. “San Antonio Police Department officers were called at 1:55 p.m. Monday to a house owned by Elizondo,” the report stated.“The Bexar County medical examiner confirmed to the [San Antonio] Express-News on Tuesday that Elizondo was pronounced dead five minutes after officers arrived, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”Elizondo, the University of Notre Dame professor of Pastoral and Hispanic Theology, was named in a 2015 San Antonio civil suit alleging Elizondo sexually abused the unnamed plaintiff when he was a minor, according to a report originally run by WSBT. Elizondo last taught at the University during the spring 2015 term, University spokesperson Dennis Brown said in an email. The lawsuit was filed against the Archdiocese of San Antonio, Fr. Jesus Armando Dominguez and Elizondo in Bexar County district court. It alleges Dominguez repeatedly sexually abused the plaintiff, listed as “John Doe” in the 1980s. When the plaintiff asked Elizondo for help dealing with Dominguez’s abuse in 1983, the lawsuit alleges “Elizondo began to fondle the Plaintiff’s genitals, taking advantage of the same sexual liberties Plaintiff complained of with Father Dominguez.”In a report in the Express-News, Elizondo denied the allegations.“The allegations made against me are not true and have absolutely no basis in fact,” Elizondo said in the Express-News report. “I deny all the claims which have been asserted against me.”The lawyer representing the plaintiff in the lawsuit, Thomas J. Henry, said Elizondo’s death is “unfortunate,” mysantonio.com reported Tuesday. “The next stage in this litigation was discovery production and the taking of depositions,” Henry said. “The taking of Father Elizondo’s deposition could have led us to the truth regarding his actions, and his untimely death at this juncture raises even more questions. We will continue to seek and uncover the facts of this matter.”Tags: Theology, Virgilio Elizondolast_img read more

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Two robberies, simple assault reported off-campus

first_imgTwo armed robberies and a simple assault occurred over the past five days just south of the Notre Dame campus, according to an email students received Friday night. The email said one of the robberies happened to a local couple at 11:35 p.m., and the other, took place at 2:20 a.m., involved a Notre Dame student. The simple assault occurred at 7:50 a.m., according to the email. The crimes are currently under investigation by the South Bend Police Department (SBPD), and the email encouraged students to contact SBPD if they have any information. Additionally, SBPD will have an increased presence in the area, according to the email. Tags: robberies, SBPD, simple assault, South Bend Police Departmentlast_img read more

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2018 Saint Mary’s class council reviews

first_imgFirst-Year Class CouncilFirst-Year Class Council representative Fiona McMahon said the group has made a serious effort to host class events.“The goal is to bring the freshman class together and get everyone to meet each other and make everyone comfortable,” she said.The council has been very busy this semester and has many events to come, McMahon said.“We hosted an event in the fall with giveaways, crafts and dessert for all freshmen,” she said.In addition, the freshman class has worked with the upperclassmen to plan various weekend activities.“So far this year, we’ve worked at Senior Dads’ Weekend and Sophomore Parents’ Weekend as well,” she said.McMahon said the council is “already working on [its] next event, Freshman Parents’ Weekend.”“We are really excited for this event,” she said.The planning process has been a lot more efficient than expected, McMahon said.“The upperclassmen are so helpful and willing to guide us through our first year on Class Council,” she said.McMahon said she is proud of her team and their ability to work together.“We’re lucky to have such dedicated members because they put all their efforts into creating fun and memorable events for the students,” she said. Senior Class CouncilSenior Class Council representatives Courtney Buckley, Abigail O’Loughlin and Catherine Kirkpatrick have worked together this semester to organize a variety of senior class events. Their most recent project was Senior Dads’ Weekend, which they said drew good participation from the class. Kirkpatrick said the group also gained feedback from the event, which they will use to plan future events.“It was a huge weekend,” Buckley said. “We had a lot of fun, and it was a great turnout.”For next semester, the Senior Class Council has planned several different fundraisers, the proceeds of which will be used to offset the cost of Senior Week so that participation is as inexpensive as possible.“We have a lot of unique fundraisers planned … especially compared to fundraisers Saint Mary’s has seen in the past,” Kirkpatrick said. “We’re trying to come up with new designs and new items to diversify the Saint Mary’s swag.”As they continue to raise money, the Senior Class Council is also planning the events that will take place during Senior Week, including a formal and a trip to a Chicago Cubs game. Having gotten an early start, they are eager and feel prepared for their events next semester.“We’re busy planning Senior Week,” Buckley said. “Even though it’s not until May, we started planning the day after Senior Dads’ Weekend.” Sophomore Class CouncilSophomore Class Council representative Meg Hemmert said she believes this year’s class events are going well.“Class council is off to a great start this year,” she said in an email. “This year we are focusing on building unity and friendship within the sophomore class.”Hemmert said there have been a few successful events so far and more to come next semester.“A few weeks ago we had our bagel bash event where we ordered a bunch of Panera bagels and coffee one Sunday morning,” she said. “This past Sunday, we held our second event and ordered Insomnia Cookies in the Holy Cross parlor.”The Sophomore Class Council aims to provide activities that help students unwind, particularly during the end of the semester.“For our last event this semester, we wanted to have a de-stress event for students to unwind before finals start,” Hemmert said.The planning process has been going well, and the council is constantly coming up with a wide range of ideas to appeal to students’ interests, she said.“Planning the events isn’t too difficult, we always try to think of things that appeal to a variety of people,” Hemmert said.The Council is also open to working with the students to help plan successful events. Student input is incredibly valuable, Hemmert said, and they have brought back some popular activities from last year.“Last year, we actually had a similar bagel event. Many students remembered it and asked me to do it again,” she said. “That’s a big reason why we decided to do it again this year.”Hemmert said the main goal of the council is to provide an outlet for students.“It’s fun to put these events together,” she said. “There’s nothing better than seeing people enjoying themselves and spending time together.” Junior Class CouncilThe Junior Class Council representatives are Kassandra Acosta and Michelle Lester, and among their responsibilities is planning Junior Moms’ Weekend. Neither Acosta nor Lester responded to requests for further information, and none was readily available when The Observer searched for it. Dominique DeMoe | The Observer Tags: 2018 Student Government Insider, Class Councils, First-Year Class Council, junior class council, senior class council, SMC class councils, sophomore class councillast_img read more

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Court Sides With Trump In ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Grant Fight

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: NOAANEW YORK — The Trump administration can withhold millions of dollars in law enforcement grants to force states to cooperate with U.S. immigration enforcement, a federal appeals court in New York ruled Wednesday in a decision that conflicted with three other federal appeals courts.The ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan overturned a lower court’s decision ordering the administration to release funding to New York City and seven states — New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Washington, Massachusetts, Virginia and Rhode Island.The states and city sued the U.S. government after the Justice Department announced in 2017 that it would withhold grant money from cities and states until they gave federal immigration authorities access to jails and provide advance notice when someone in the country illegally is about to be released.Before the change, cities and states seeking grant money were required only to show they were not preventing local law enforcement from communicating with federal authorities about the immigration status of people who were detained. At the time, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions said: “So-called ‘sanctuary’ policies make all of us less safe because they intentionally undermine our laws and protect illegal aliens who have committed crimes.”In 2018, the Justice Department imposed additional conditions on the grant money, though challenges to those have not yet reached the appeals court in New York.The 2nd Circuit said the plain language of relevant laws make clear that the U.S. attorney general can impose conditions on states and municipalities receiving money.And it noted that the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly observed that the federal government maintains broad power over states when it comes to immigration policies.In the past two years, federal appeals courts in Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco have ruled against the federal government by upholding lower-court injunctions placed on the enforcement of some or all of the challenged conditions.“While mindful of the respect owed to our sister circuits, we cannot agree that the federal government must be enjoined from imposing the challenged conditions on the federal grants here at issue,” the 2nd Circuit three-judge panel said in a decision written by Judge Reena Raggi.“These conditions help the federal government enforce national immigration laws and policies supported by successive Democratic and Republican administrations. But more to the authorization point, they ensure that applicants satisfy particular statutory grant requirements imposed by Congress and subject to Attorney General oversight,” the appeals court said.The Justice Department praised the decision, issuing a statement calling it a “major victory for Americans” and saying it recognizes that the attorney general has authority to ensure that grant recipients are not thwarting federal law enforcement priorities.The department added that the ruling’s effect will be limited because other courts have ruled the other way, giving the plaintiffs in the New York case the opportunity to point to those as reasons to ignore the new conditions.Cody Wofsy, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, called the decision a “real outlier,” saying he believed the 2nd Circuit was the nation’s first court to side with the Trump administration on the issue.“Over and over, courts have said the Department of Justice doesn’t have authority under governing statutes to impose these conditions,” he said. “These conditions are part of the administration’s attempts to bully, cajole and coerce state and local governments into participating in federal immigration enforcement activities.”Under the Constitution’s federalism principles and the 10th Amendment, Wofsy said, states and municipalities “are entitled to decline to become part of the administration’s deportation force.”In a statement, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Trump’s “latest retaliation against his hometown takes away security funding from the number one terrorist target in America — all because we refuse to play by his arbitrary rules.”He added: “We’ll see President Trump back in court and we will win.”Bitta Mostofi, commissioner of the city’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, said in a statement that the ruling was deeply troubling.“New York City stands with our immigrant brothers and sisters and that will never change,” Mostofi said.The appeals rulings pertain to the issuance of the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program.Created in 2006, it is the vehicle through which Congress annually dispenses over $250 million in federal funding for state and local criminal justice efforts.The Byrne Program was named for New York City Police Officer Edward Byrne, who at age 22 was shot to death while guarding the home of a Guyanese immigrant cooperating with authorities investigating drug trafficking.last_img read more

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