Wednesday, April 26, 2017

USA Today: Federal judge blocks Trump plan to punish ‘sanctuary cities’

A U.S. federal judge in San Fransisco agreed with two California counties (San Francisco and Santa Clara) that Trump's Jan. 25 executive order, which would prevent them from receiving federal funding if they did not comply with federal deportation requests, is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick said the loss of funds would cause cities "to suffer irreparable harm absent an injunction.

"The Constitution vests the spending power in Congress, not the president, so the order cannot constitutionally place new conditions on federal funds.”

Across the United Sates, there are approximately 300 jurisdiction that have adopted Sanctuary City policies. Policies that limit cooperation by state and local police from enforcing federal immigration policy.

Robert Reich wrote, “This is an unqualified early victory for California — and sanctuary cities across the nation that have said they'll refuse to comply with Trump administration's deportation requests. This includes some of the nation's largest cities, including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

[In Massachusetts, Boston has an ordinance, enacted in 2014, that bars the Boston Police Department "from detaining anyone based on their immigration status unless they have a criminal warrant." Cambridge, Chelsea, Somerville, Orleans, Northampton, and Springfield have similar legislation.]

“Kudos to Judge Orrick. Shame on Trump and his Justice Department of Justice.”

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Federal judge blocks Trump plan to punish ‘sanctuary cities’

Alan Gomez , USA TODAY