One of President Donald Trump’s campaign promises was to so-called “sanctuary cities.”
“We will end the sanctuary cities that have resulted in so many needless deaths. Cities that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities will not receive taxpayer dollars, and we will work with Congress to pass legislation to protect those jurisdictions that do assist federal authorities,” President Trump said.
But the judge, William H. Orrick of United States District Court, 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.
“If there was doubt about the scope of the order, the president and attorney general have erased it with their public comments,” Judge Orrick wrote.
Trump has repeatedly attacked sanctuary cities as harboring lawbreakers, and lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill called “No Sanctuary for Criminals Act.”
The bill said no federal, state or local government entity and no individual might prohibit or in any way restrict officials and personnel at all levels of government from complying with immigration laws, “or from assisting or cooperating with federal law enforcement entities, officials, or other staff regarding the implementation of such legislation.”
The bill passed by the House is another approach toward the president’s promise. It still has to go through the Senate and be signed by the president.
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Should Trump Ban All Funding Of Sanctuary Cities?