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Federal judge blocks Trump order to withhold sanctuary city money

California judge blocks Trump order on sanctuary city money Federal Judge Blocks Trump's Order to Strip Funds From 'Sanctuary Cities'
Manuel Armenta | 26 Abril, 2017, 12:13

At issue: Cities and counties, particularly in light of President Donald Trump's pledge to beef up immigration enforcement against people in the US illegally, have been declaring themselves sanctuary cities, which generally means they will not cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

In a temporary ruling Tuesday, U.S. District Judge William Orrick ruled that Trump's executive order targeting so-called sanctuary cities was overreaching. "But we are confident we will ultimately prevail in the Supreme Court, just as we will prevail in our lawful effort to impose immigration restrictions necessary to keep terrorists out of the United States".

The statement was all the more striking because it conflicted with the Justice Department's take on the case. Department spokesman Ian D. Prior said rather than blocking Mr. Trump, the key part of Tuesday's ruling actually endorsed the administration's current approach to sanctuary cities.

The president signed an executive order in January suspending travel for immigrants from several nations said to have been sending terrorists to the U.S. After it was blocked in federal court, he signed a second executive order, which he adjusted to be more successful.

"The defunding provision is entirely inconsistent with law in its stated goal and directives because it instructs the Attorney General and the Secretary to do something that only Congress has the authority to do - place new conditions on federal funds", Gorrick wrote. They argued that it would only apply only to a limited number of Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice grants.

"We are encouraged by the District Court's ruling, and as one of a number of cities nationally that signed an amicus brief in support of the Santa Clara lawsuit, we'll be paying close attention to how this continues to proceed through the courts", Curtatone said.

Readler said less than $1 million was at stake nationally and possibly no San Francisco funding.

He is accusing cities such as San Francisco of "putting the well-being of criminal aliens before the safety of our citizens" and says city officials who authored policies protecting people living in the country illegally "have the blood of dead Americans on their hands". Sanctuary cities say turning local police into immigration officers erodes trust that's needed to get people to report crime.

"Federal funding that bears no meaningful relationship to immigration enforcement can not be threatened merely because a jurisdiction chooses an immigration enforcement strategy of which the president disapproves", Orrick said.

The administration sent letters warning that they may lose law enforcement grant money unless they document cooperation with federal immigration authorities. He pointed to Trump calling the order a "weapon" and Attorney General Jeff Sessions saying jurisdictions that are not in compliance would suffer "withholding grants, termination of grants, and disbarment or ineligibility for future grants", and the "claw back" of any funds previously awarded.

The judge's decision is the latest blow on Trump administration's immigration policies.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - For the third time in two months, a federal judge has knocked down an immigration order by President Donald Trump and used Trump's own language against him. An existing federal law says local governments can not restrict law enforcement officials from sending information to the federal government about the citizenship status of any person. That case has not yet been heard, but one of the lawyers representing the two cities said Tuesday that he expects the logic of the ruling in California will be affirmed by the judge hearing the suit filed by Lawrence and Chelsea.

Hundreds of cities, counties and states have been categorised as sanctuary jurisdictions in unofficial tallies, including the entire states of California, Connecticut, New Mexico and Colorado.