Immigration

Trump’s Sanctuary City Order Ruled Unconstitutional

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

A federal judge has permanently blocked Trump's order to partially defund so-called "sanctuary cities" that do not act as immigration authorities for the Trump regime.

In his ruling, Judge William Orrick of the 9th District Court in California reminded us that Congress appropriates funding, not the executive branch.

US District Judge William Orrick said on Monday the executive order was "unconstitutional on its face".

"The Constitution vests the spending powers in Congress, not the President, so the Executive Order cannot constitutionally place new conditions on federal funds," he wrote.

"Federal funding that bears no meaningful relationship to immigration enforcement cannot be threatened merely because a jurisdiction chooses an immigration enforcement strategy of which the President disapproves."

Trump's loyal henchmen at the Department of Justice have appealed the ruling, of course, and released a statement claiming the Circuit Court has "exceeded it's authority."

It seems the Trump regime has a real problem with the new precedents of federalism that were established by Republicans under the Obama administration. Judge Orrick's ruling cited the Supreme Court decision that blocked the Obama administration from requiring states to implement Medicaid expansion. That GOP lawsuit enabled this ruling against Trump's order to defund certain cities.

  • mnpollio

    Definitely one of those times that I am glad to see something the Rethugs have done round back and bite them in the ass.

  • Aynwrong

    “It seems the Trump regime has a real problem with the new precedents of federalism that were established by Republicans under the Obama administration.”

    ♪♪♪Hello schadenfreude, my old friend… ♪♪♪

  • muselet

    Kudos to William Orrick. Legally, this wasn’t really a tough decision, but I’m still heartened to see it.

    Of course, the Trump administration responded to the ruling with characteristic restraint and grace.

    Sooner or later, the White House’s rhetoric is going to get a judge killed.

    –alopecia