A federal judge has ruled to permanently block Donald Trump’s executive order that attempted to defund sanctuary cities.
This ruling is yet another legal loss in Trump's unending efforts to ramp up deportations and curb undocumented immigration to placate his racist followers.
Trump's executive order threatened to cut federal law enforcement grants from cities that fought Trump’s efforts to combat undocumented immigration. In addition Trump made threats that he would increase deportations in localities that failed to comply with Trump's demands just to spite the cities.
After the city and county of San Francisco and the county of Santa Clara had argued they could lose billions of dollars in federal funds each year. U.S. District Judge William Orrick in San Francisco called Trump’s January order “unconstitutional on its face”.
Orrick even used Trump’s own words against him in the ruling including an instance where Trump said he would use the executive order as “a weapon” against jurisdictions that disagreed with his policies.
“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,”
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who filed the two lawsuits against the Trump administration, called the decision...
“a check on the president’s abuse of power. This executive order was unconstitutional before the ink on it was even dry,”
The ruling makes permanent the temporary ruling Orrick handed down in late April that blocked Trump’s directive to withhold federal funding from cities that refuse to comply fully with his immigration enforcement.