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Judge Blocks Trump's Sanctuary Cities Order

By William Vogeler, Esq. on November 22, 2017 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

President Trump's battle with courts over immigration continued as a judge blocked his executive orders against sanctuary cities.

This time, a federal judge in San Francisco issued a permanent injunction against the President's order to cut funds from cities that provide some refuge to immigrants. Judge William Orrick had temporarily blocked the order in April after San Francisco and Santa Clara counties sued.

"The Counties have demonstrated that the Executive Order has caused and will cause them constitutional injuries by violating the separation of powers doctrine and depriving them of their Tenth and Fifth Amendment rights," Orrick said.

Immigration Battle

Trump issued the order in January to punish jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with immigration authorities. Los Angeles and Chicago also sued to enjoin the orders.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said some 300 municipalities have refused to cooperate with the order. He pledged to cut off grants to the cities.

"This administration will not simply give away grant dollars to city governments that proudly violate the rule of law and protect criminal aliens at the expense of public safety," Sessions said. "So it's this simple: Comply with the law or forego taxpayer dollars."

However, the injunction changes all of that -- for now.

Ninth Circuit

The government appealed Orrick's temporary order and will likely challenge the permanent injunction as well. The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, however, has turned back other executive orders from the President.

Earlier this month, the appeals court upheld a partial injunction against the President's third travel ban. The Ninth Circuit's order allows foreign nationals with bona fide ties to come to the United States.

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