Trump Order to Cut Aid to Sanctuary Cities Blocked by Court

A judge in San Francisco, William H. Orrick of United States District Court,temporarily blocked President Trump’s executive order to cut federal funds from sanctuary cities that limit their cooperation with immigration enforcement.  The judge wrote that the president had overstepped his powers with his January executive order on immigration by tying billions of dollars in federal funding to immigration enforcement. Judge Orrick said only Congress could place such conditions on spending.

The ruling on Trump order to cut aid to sanctuary cities blocked by court applies nationwide and was another judicial setback for the Trump administration, which has now seen three immigration orders stopped by federal courts in its first 100 days. 

The maps shown above are based on data collected by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, specifically looking at jurisdictions that limit how much the local police cooperate with requests from federal authorities to hold immigrants in detention.

Many local law enforcement officials do not want the job of enforcing federal immigration laws. They say they rely on immigrants in their communities to come forward to report crimes and their job is to ensure public safety for ALL citizens.  Trump order to cut aid to sanctuary cities blocked by court is a reminder that immigration laws are changed through legislative activity of Congress and not through a President’s executive order.

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