Judge who blocked sanctuary city bill was Obama supporter

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On Tuesday, Federal Judge William Orrick III of the Northern District of California slammed down a block against President Trump’s executive order on sanctuary cities.

The judge has prohibited the enforcement of the president’s intention to withhold federal funding from sanctuary cities that protect illegal aliens from federal law.

Judge Orrick was nominated by President Obama in June 2012 and renominated in January 2013 as a United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. He took his seat on May 16, 2013.

Orrick took part in significant fundraising activities for Obama. The Federalist reported that in 2008, he bundled at least $200,000 for Obama, and donated another $30,800 to committees that supported him. This data is from the Public Citizen website.

In the 2004 presidential election season, Orrick also raised at least $100,000 for John Kerry.

He has been involved in immigration issues before, as well. In 2010, at the time President Obama’s Department of Justice was launching a lawsuit against the state of Arizona over immigration policies, Orrick was working for the Justice Department and was heavily involved in the case against Arizona, as reported by the Washington Examiner.

Judge Orrick additionally gained notoriety in another case when he blocked the release of the undercover video recordings exposing Planned Parenthood on July 31, 2015. The videos revealed that Planned Parenthood had been illegally selling aborted baby parts. However, Orrick claimed the videos were recorded illegally and issued the restraining order blocking their release, citing concerns over the “physical safety of the executive leadership of the National Abortion Federation (NAF).”

Orrick wrote of his decision, “[The] NAF would be likely to suffer irreparable injury, absent an ex parte temporary restraining order, in the form of harassment, intimidation, violence, invasion of privacy, and injury to reputation, and the requested relief is in the public interest.”

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