CA Federal Court Hears Challenge to Executive Order Threat to Defund Sanctuary Cities

CA Federal Court Hears Challenge to Executive Order Threat to Defund Sanctuary Cities

Back in April, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California heard arguments in the so-called “sanctuary city” case. San Francisco and Santa Clara County filed suit against the federal government in order to challenge the sanctuary city provision of a January 25, 2017 executive order. That order contains a provision that threatens to strip cities and counties who choose not to cooperate with federal immigration agents, thus creating a sanctuary for immigrants with no legal status. The case has resulted in many legal questions about the relative power of state and local governments relative to the federal government. Furthermore, San Francisco and Santa Clara County contend that they are risk of losing billions of dollars in federal funding as a result of the executive order at issue; Santa Clara County stands to lose about 35% of its budget, and San Francisco could lose an estimated $1.2 billion as a result of the disputed executive order. Ten days later, federal judge William Orrick granted a preliminary injunction blocking the Trump administration from enforcing the sanctuary city provision of the executive order in question. In granting the injunction, the judge reasoned that directive likely exceeded federal law and unfairly affected cities and counties with sanctuary city policies. The judge also pointed out that federal funding was not related to a state’s immigration enforcement policies in any meaningful way. Orrick’s preliminary injunction will remain in effect throughout the legal proceedings. The final blow to the federal government came when Judge Orrick pointed to public statements made by Trump, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions as evidence that the administration fully intended to enforce the sanctuary city provision in the executive order. No matter the outcome of the pending lawsuit, the skilled and knowledgeable immigration lawyers of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. are here to get immigrants released from detention and defend them against removal from the country. We handle these types of cases on a regular basis and have valuable knowledge about how to best represent your interests, based on your individual circumstances. By contacting our office right away, you will place yourself in the best position possible to have loved ones released from detention and defend again potential removal from home and family
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