Federal judge rules Trump cannot punish sanctuary cities by withholding funds

Federal judge rules Trump cannot punish sanctuary cities by withholding funds

A San Francisco judge barred enforcement of President Donald Trump's executive order withholding funds from so-called sanctuary cities that fail to comply with federal immigration demands by shielding undocumented immigrants.

Within days of Trump issuing his January 25 executive order, San Francisco and neighboring Santa Clara County sued the president, calling the directive to strip federal funding from sanctuary jurisdictions an unconstitutional abuse of power that threatens the sovereignty of local governments.

The decision will block the measure for now, while the federal lawsuit works its way through the courts.

Rather than empowering the president to strip all federal funding from sanctuary jurisdictions, Readler cast the directive as an exercise of the president's "bully pulpit", meant to spotlight the need for local jurisdictions to more actively help enforce federal immigration laws.

"This is why we have courts — to halt the overreach of a president and an attorney general who either don't understand the Constitution or chose to ignore it", Herrera said in a statement.

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Trump had made his threat against sanctuary cities a keystone promise of his presidential campaign. While Sessions's department started asking cities about the federal law, the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security were reportedly working on a broader definition of "sanctuary cities" that would apply to more grants.

San Francisco's city attorney says that President Donald Trump should stop using the death of a woman shot along a waterfront pier by a man who was in the country illegally to politicize the issue of "sanctuary cities". "We will send all the documents requested by the federal government again, but the NOPD will not be a part of President Trump's civil deportation force no matter how many times they ask".

The Trump administration suffered an earlier defeat in the courts when two federal judges suspended executive orders restricting travel from several Muslim-majority countries. "And if there was doubt about the scope of the order, the president and attorney general have erased it with their public comments".

Santa Clara County receives about $1.7 billion in federal and federally dependent funds annually, about 35 percent of its total revenues.

The cases are City and County of San Francisco v. Trump, 17-cv-00485, and County of Santa Clara v. Trump, 17-cv-00574, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco).

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"Do we have legal authority to hold people on detainers?" said Chief Tom Manger, head of the Major Cities Chiefs Association and head of the Montgomery County, Maryland, police department.

The Trump administration says sanctuary cities allow risky criminals back on the street and that the order is needed to keep the country safe.

On April 21, Sessions wrote letters to California and other cities to set a June 30 deadline for the local governments to prove their compliance with federal policy.

The department singled out Chicago and New York as two cities "crumbling under the weight of illegal immigration and violent crime", even though New York City is experiencing its lowest crime levels in decades and experts say Chicago's recent spike in violent crime has little to do with illegal immigration.

The order has also led to lawsuits by Seattle; two MA cities, Lawrence and Chelsea; and a third San Francisco Bay Area government, the city of Richmond. "We'll continue being a welcoming, safe and diverse community", said Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez. Orrick does not sit on the 9th Circuit, but his district is encompassed in the territory of the appeals court.

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