Federal Judge In San Francisco Permanently Blocks President Trump’s Order On Sanctuary Cities
By Fox Business // November 21, 2017
(FOX BUSINESS) – A federal judge in San Francisco has found that President Donald Trump’s executive order barring some federal grant money from being awarded to so-called sanctuary cities is unconstitutional.
Santa Clara County, Calif., and the city and county of San Francisco sued the administration in February, arguing that the federal government couldn’t block federal funding to cities and other jurisdictions with policies in place to protect immigrants who are in the country illegally.
In a 28-page ruling, U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick on Monday issued a permanent, nationwide injunction blocking the administration from denying the grant money to jurisdictions the U.S. Justice Departments says aren’t complying with a law that governs communications about immigration status.
“This is a clear rebuke of the Trump administration’s illegal effort to take away federal funding for critical county health, safety, and emergency services,” said James R. Williams, Santa Clara County counsel. “Today’s decision vindicates a core constitutional principle — that the president cannot use federal funding to threaten local governments.”
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