Trump's Restriction On Sanctuary City Grants Permanently Blocked By Federal Judge

Sergio Conner
November 21, 2017

Trump issued the order which slashed funding to local governments that refused share information about illegal immigrants with US immigration authorities in January.

President Donald Trump can not block federal funding for so-called sanctuary cities that shield undocumented immigrants, a federal judge in San Francisco ruled Monday, according to the Associated Press.

U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick ruled that the White House does not have the authority to impose new conditions on spending already approved by Congress.

But the judge said in July that memorandum was not enough to stop other agencies from interpreting the executive order in a broader sense, and that the memorandum could easily be withdrawn.

"The district court exceeded its authority today when it barred the president from instructing his cabinet members to enforce existing law", Department of Justice spokesman Devin O'Malley said in a statement. "The Justice Department will vindicate the President's lawful authority to direct the executive branch".

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U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick rejected the administration's argument that the executive order applies only to a relatively small pot of money and said Trump can not set new conditions on spending approved by Congress.

In a statement issued Monday night, the Justice Department said it would appeal the ruling.

Supporters of the sanctuary policy argue enlisting police cooperation in rounding up immigrants for removal undermines communities' trust in local police, particularly among Latinos.

At issue is the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) policy of asking municipalities to detain suspected illegal immigrants for up to 48 hours so the individual can be picked up. Thirteen of the jurisdictions that received the compliance letters are in California: Berkeley, Los Angeles, Fremont, Santa Ana, Watsonville, the city and county of San Francisco, and the counties of Contra Costa, Riverside, Sacramento, Santa Clara, Sonoma and Monterey, RT reported. A federal judge ruled in favor of the city in September, issuing a preliminary injunction preventing the administration from cutting off public-safety grants.

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