Federal Judge in San Francisco blocks President Trump's Order on Funding For Sanctuary Cities

A federal judge in San Francisco has blocked an immigration order by President Trump while using Trump's own language against him.

US District Judge William Orrick issued a ruling on Tuesday blocking the president's order to withhold funding from "sanctuary cities" that do not cooperate with U.S. immigration officials. According to the preliminary injunction, Trump cannot set new conditions on spending already approved by Congress. 

To support his ruling, the judge used Trump's own words against him, citing a comment Trump made calling the sanctuary cities order a "weapon" against communities that disagree with his preferred policies, as evidence that the administration intended the executive order to apply to all types of federal funding. 

The judge also cited a interview Trump gave in February in which the president called California "out of control" and threatened to cut off funding to California. 

Orrick's ruling is another setback for an administration that's struggled to find its footing legislatively speaking. The sanctuary city order was among a series of executive orders Trump signed back in January that also included a ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Trump was not happy with the court's decision, and took to his favorite platform Wednesday morning, vowing to taking his fight to the highest court. 

This isn't the first time Trump's own words have come back to bite him in a case. They've also been cited by federal judges in Maryland and Hawaii who blocked his revised travel ban on people from six Muslim-majority countries. 

Orrick's injunction against the sanctuary cities order will stay in place while lawsuits filed by the cities of San Francisco and Santa Clara make their way through court. 

The Justice Department sent letters last week to communities asking them to prove they are in compliance. California was informed that we could lose up to $18.2 million. 


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