BREAKING: Judge blocks Trump’s order on sanctuary cities

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A federal judge in San Francisco issued a ruling Tuesday afternoon that will block enforcement of President Trump’s executive order designed to withhold federal funding from sanctuary cities.

U.S. District Judge William Orrick issued the block as a result of a lawsuit brought forth by San Francisco and Santa Clara County that opposed Trump’s ruling, claiming that billions of dollars in federal funds were at risk.

The Trump administration maintained that San Francisco and the county were misinterpreting the executive order, saying the funding ban would only apply to three grants, amounting to less than $1 million, but the judge disagreed.

“And if there was doubt about the scope of the Order, the President and Attorney General have erased it with their public comments,” Orrick wrote.

ABC7 reported that San Francisco and the county argued that the president “did not have the authority to set conditions on the allocation of federal funds and could not force local officials to enforce federal immigration law.”

The Washington Post reported that, 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 order “in a way that violates the Constitution.”

The judge’s ruling said it “does nothing more than implement the effect of the Government’s flawed interpretation of the Order. It does not affect the ability of the Attorney General or the Secretary to enforce existing conditions of federal grants … nor does it impact the Secretary’s ability to develop regulations or other guidance defining what a sanctuary jurisdiction is or designating a jurisdiction as such.”

The block will reportedly now stay in place as the lawsuit proceeds through the court system.

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