Trump’s sanctuary cities executive order blocked by federal court judge in California

A federal court judge in California on Monday blocked a January executive order by President Donald Trump cutting funding for cities and jurisdictions that refused to comply with a statute that requires local governments to share information on the immigrant population with federal U.S. immigration officials.

The statute requires local law enforcement to detain immigrants for up to two full days after their scheduled release time so the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has time to come and pick them up.

Since then, a lot of local governments have formed a sort of “sanctuary” coalition that resists the federal statute, claiming that compliance was not required but merely voluntary.

This Monday, U.S. District Judge William Orrick for the Northern District of California issued a permanent injunction in the suit brought by the city of San Francisco and the county of Santa Clara. In April, he had provisionally blocked the order saying it was unconstitutional.

“The Counties have demonstrated that the Executive Order has caused and will cause them constitutional injuries by violating the separation of powers doctrine and depriving them of their Tenth and Fifth Amendment rights.”

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