Tuesday, 25 April 2017

A Federal Judge Blocked Trump

A federal judge blocked the Trump administration from enforcing a threat to deny funds to sanctuary cities -- the latest blow from the federal judiciary to the President's immigration agenda.

In a ruling delivered Tuesday, Judge William H. Orrick sided with Santa Clara, the city of San Francisco and other cities, who argued that a threat to withhold federal funds from cities that do not cooperate with some federal immigration enforcement could be unconstitutional.

In granting a nationwide injunction, Orrick blocked the government from enforcing a key portion of Trump's January executive order on immigration, which ordered the Department of Homeland Security and Justice Department to block cities who do not cooperate with federal immigration enforcement from receiving federal funds.

While Orrick's ruling does not find the policy unconstitutional, he did find that the counties and cities that challenged the law demonstrated they could face "immediate irreparable harm" if the policy were allowed to be put into place, and that their constitutional challenge could succeed once the case is fully heard.

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