Trump slams federal court ruling on funding for 'sanctuary cities'

Posted April 27, 2017

"I do think that the Ninth Circuit, which is notoriously liberal, has it in for Donald Trump", Bolling said, noting that two of the major rulings against Trump's executive orders have come from the same circuit. "See you in the Supreme Court".

The judge further ruled that Trump's order threatened a wide swath of funding - not the relatively small amount the Justice Department claimed - and that the government can not cut off funding if there is no clear connection between the money and the policy at issue.

The latest such ultimatum was delivered last Friday when the Justice Department threatened to cut funding for nine jurisdictions if, by June 30, they did not provide documentation showing cooperation with federal authorities to facilitate deportations.

Trump issued an executive order in February that would strip federal grant money "from the sanctuary states and cities that harbor illegal immigrants", according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer. San Francisco, and cities like it, are putting the well-being of criminal aliens before the safety of our citizens, and those city officials who authored these policies have the blood of dead Americans on their hands. "The rest of the order is broader still, addressing all federal funding", Orrick said.

"Out of our very big country, with many choices, does everyone notice that both the "ban" case and now the "sanctuary" case is brought in". 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. On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, a federal judge blocked a Trump administration order to withhold funding from co.

Trump's tweets echo a White House statement released Tuesday night after Orrick's ruling.

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In the San Francisco case on sanctuary cities, Judge William Orrick Jr., an Obama appointee, linked his decision to the Constitution's provision giving Congress control over the federal purse.

The administration has often criticized the 9th circuit.

"Because San Francisco took the president to court, we've been able to protect billions of dollars that fund lifesaving programmes across the country", Herrera said.

Orrick does not sit on that court but his district is in the territory of the appeals court, which has ruled against one version of Trump's travel ban.

Even if the president could do so, those conditions would have to be clearly related to the funds at issue and not coercive, as the executive order appeared to be, Orrick said. 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.