President Trump has made a lot of outrageous campaign promises, so much so that sometimes it is hard to keep track. However, President Trump has been promising since his campaign that he will “end the sanctuary cities that have resulted in so many needless deaths.” He promised those sanctuary cities would not receive any tax dollars.
Trump, somehow, managed to make this unconstitutional campaign promise come true. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who had been just as adamant about this promise as Trump, announced earlier in the year that the Trump administration would be withholding certain funding from jurisdictions that refused to comply with one specific federal immigration law. It is required for cities, countries, and states to allow officials to exchange information regarding people’s immigration status with federal immigration officers. Cities that refused to do so were dubbed “sanctuary cities.”
District Judge William Orrick issued a temporary ruling in April, which blocked Trump’s administration from withholding federal funding from cities refusing to fully comply with immigration officials.
On Monday Orrick made his April ruling concrete. Orrick ruled:
‘The defendants are permanently enjoined from enforcing Section 9(a) of the Executive Order against jurisdictions they deem as sanctuary jurisdictions. Because Section 9(a) is unconstitutional on its face, and not simply in its application to the plaintiffs here, a nationwide injunction against the defendants other than President Trump is appropriate.’
Many are appreciative of Orrick’s permanent block of President Trump’s sanctuary city plan, feeling as though it is a small win for the American people. San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera stated that the ruling was a victory, not only for the American people but for the rule of law. Herrera added:
‘President Trump might be able to tweet whatever comes to mind, but he can’t grant himself new authority because he feels like it.’
The Department of Justice, however, was not as happy with Orrick’s decision, slamming the judge in a statement. DOJ spokesperson Devin O’Malley stated:
‘The District Court exceeded its authority today when it barred the President from instructing his cabinet members to enforce existing law. The Justice Department will vindicate the President’s lawful authority to direct the executive branch.’
Orrick was not concerned with what the DOJ had to say, writing in a statement about the ruling:
‘I concluded that the County of Santa Clara and the City and County of San Francisco had pre-enforcement standing to protect hundreds of millions of dollars of federal grants from the unconstitutionally broad sweep of the Executive Order.’
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