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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Judge Rules Against Trump Order Blocking Funds to Sanctuary Cities

[Source] A federal judge halted the Trump administration’s executive order blocking federal funds from going to “sanctuary cities” Tuesday.

In a ruling affecting cities nationwide, US District Judge William Orrick of the Northern District of California sided with the city of San Francisco and Santa Clara County, both of whom had previously objected to federal funds being restricted on the basis of refusing to enforce federal immigration law.

“Federal funding that bears no meaningful relationship to immigration enforcement cannot be threatened merely because a jurisdiction chooses an immigration enforcement strategy of which the president disapproves,” the Obama-appointed district judge wrote.

President Trump’s executive order in January claimed its intent was to “enhance public safety in the interior of the United States,” and charged sanctuary jurisdictions with “willfully violating federal law in an attempt to shield aliens from removal from the United States.”

“These jurisdictions have caused immeasurable harm to the American people and to the very fabric of our Republic,” Trump’s order stated.

However, Judge Orrick ruled the jurisdictions had sufficiently demonstrated the order could cause “immediate irreparable harm” and that they feared the order would result in “budget uncertainty.”

The jurisdictions, Judge Orrick wrote, showed they are “currently suffering irreparable harm,” and “have a strong interest in avoiding unconstitutional federal enforcement and the significant budget uncertainty that has resulted from the Order’s broad and threatening language.”

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