The town of Richmond, California had challenged President Trump’s executive order cracking down on sanctuary cities, but their case was dismissed Monday by Federal Judge William H. Orrick.
The Trump administration had requested that the case be tossed, and Judge Orrick granted the request on the grounds that Richmond “has failed to allege an actual controversy.” He said that the conflict was “purely academic.”
Richmond argued that the order could harm the city because of its large hispanic population and by the fact that it has been called a sanctuary city.
Judge Orrick ruled that the city’s policies have not had any effect on the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency’s efforts. Orrick stated that the Federal Government would be hard pressed to consider Richmond’s policies a high priority.
Richmond continues to argue there is the possibility that the order against sanctuary cities could be imposed because it has been called a sanctuary city, and because of its large Latino population. Orrick wrote that neither of those arguments is persuasive.
Richmond cannot say by whom or in what context it has been called a sanctuary city and their assertion is insufficient to demonstrate that the federal government believes it is a sanctuary city or is likely to enforce the executive order against it, the judge ruled.
Orrick noted that the town of Richmond “has never even been asked to assist in enforcing immigration policy, and its policies have not resulted in any actual conflict between it and ICE regarding immigration enforcement.”
The judge recommended that Richmond file briefs with San Francisco and Santa Clara, two other larger California cities, who are proceeding with cases to join in their litigation.
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