Judge blocks Trump's order defunding 'sanctuary cities'

The ruling, by Judge William Orrick, blocks part of Trump's executive order on immigration enforcement that he signed in January; it read, "Jurisdictions that fail to comply with applicable federal law do not receive federal funds, except as mandated by law".

On Tuesday, a federal judge blocked the Trump administration from enforcing a threat to take away funds from cities that do not cooperate with federal immigration enforcement - the latest blow from the federal judiciary to Trump's immigration agenda.

It was the third Trump executive order on immigration to be thwarted by the federal courts.

In a series of tweets, Trump said: "First the Ninth Circuit rules against the ban & now it hits again on sanctuary cities-both ridiculous rulings".

TRUMP: "They used to call this 'judge shopping!' Messy system".

The White House said it would pursue all legal options, but lamented that the incident was "yet one more example of egregious overreach by a single, unelected district judge".

The White House blasted the decision in a scathing statement that said officials behind sanctuary city policies had "the blood of dead Americans on their hands".




Trump tweeted that the 9th circuit, which earlier ruled against his travel ban, has "a bad record of being overturned (close to 80 percent)".

The ruling did not end the government's battle against sanctuary cities and counties. Trump and his team have made it clear that they are looking to punish cities that disobey him by removing or re-allocating federal funding away from them. But the Justice Department sent letters last week advising communities to prove they are in compliance. Eighteen of the court's 25 judges were appointed by Democratic presidents.

But Orrick said in his ruling that the president can not set new conditions on spending approved by Congress.

In February, the Ninth Circuit ruled against the White House order to suspend immigration from seven mostly-Muslim countries as well as all refugees.

Among his many problems, our President doesn't know difference b/w "the Ninth Circuit" and a U.S. District Court. "The idea that an agency can't put in some reasonable restriction on how some of these monies are spent is going to be overturned eventually, and we'll win at the Supreme Court level at some point".

"I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the president of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and constitutional power", Sessions said on "The Mark Levin Show".

The administration has often criticized the 9th circuit. San Francisco and other sanctuary cities say turning local police into immigration officers erodes the trust that is needed to get people to report crime.

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