Today another judge put limits on President Donald Trump’s addiction to a lazy man version of legislation, also known as executive orders. A San Francisco judge has blocked Trump’s January 25 executive order that called for barring of federal funds to ‘sanctuary cities’, cities that refuse to comply or have limited cooperation with immigration authorities, thereby shielding undocumented immigrants.
U.S. District Judge William Orrick, stated the executive order unconstitutionally infringed on the rights of local governments. So-called ‘sanctuary cities’ like Austin, Chicago, San Francisco and others are breathing a sigh of relief after fearing the loss of substantial amounts of federal funds.
The decision will stay in place while the lawsuit works its way through the courts. The White House might ask the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco to overturn the ruling.
The court case, initiated by San Francisco and Santa Clara County, highlighted that the Trump administration bluster was bigger than the actual amount cities would lose by not complying with immigration enforcement laws. One of Trump’s own lawyers from the Justice Department told Judge Orrick that “contrary to widespread impressions, the order would affect only limited law enforcement grants handed down by the Justice Department and the Office of Homeland Security — not all federal funding.”
So what kind of money are we talking about? The order would affect less than $1 million in funding for Santa Clara County and possibly have no effect on San Francisco.
The lawsuit argued Trump’s executive order violated the 10th Amendment, which protects states from federal government interference better known as Trump’s overreaching sausage fingers. The case was the first legal test of Trump’s executive order against sanctuary cities, clearly indicating it was a bomb.
According to the judge’s order, the Justice Department can still withhold grants from places that don’t comply with the law, but it cannot enforce the executive order while violating the Constitution. Therefore, federal funding that is not related to immigration enforcement cannot be threatened just because the municipality disagrees with the president.
The lay-men interpretation of this legal ruling: You f**cked up again, by writing an executive order that has no legal teeth.
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