the following to Justice Department spokesman Devin O'Malley:
"The stay of the
nationwide injunction granted last night by the Seventh Circuit is
another major victory for the rule of law. When courts issue nationwide
injunctions and order relief beyond the scope of a particular lawsuit, they
overstep their role and improperly limit the government from functioning.
order is also a victory for public safety, our nation's brave men and women of
law enforcement, and the hundreds of jurisdictions across the country that make
the common-sense commitment to help keep criminal aliens off their streets
rather than endanger public safety by releasing them back into the community to
further perpetrate crimes.
stay was granted, the Justice Department promptly moved to begin the
distribution of nearly $200 million in Byrne JAG funds to jurisdictions that
share the Department's commitment to keeping criminal aliens off our streets
and our law abiding citizens safe. Reviews of some applications remain