San Francisco Sues Trump Over Sanctuary City Executive Order

San Francisco City Attorney, Dennis Herrera has announced that a formal lawsuit was filed against President Trump over his sanctuary city executive order.

The Hill reports that Herrera filed the lawsuit with the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California on Tuesday. 

President Trump’s executive order signed on Jan. 25 blocks federal funding to sanctuary cities that protect undocumented immigrants from federal prosecution.

Herrera cited the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in the lawsuit which limits the federal government from interfering with powers reserved to the states and argued that it is a “severe invasion of San Francisco’s sovereignty.”

Herrera said in a City Hall news conference on Tuesday morning,”The president’s executive order is not only unconstitutional, it is un-American.” He added, “It is necessary to defend the people of this city, this state, and this country from the wild overreach of a president whose words and actions have thus far shown little respect for our Constitution or the rule of law.”

The lawsuit reads:

Like so many other cities, San Francisco is a city of immigrants, many of whom are undocumented, who come here to live, work and raise families.

San Francisco is safer when all people, including undocumented immigrants, feel safe reporting crimes. San Francisco is healthier when all residents, including undocumented immigrants, access public health programs. And San Francisco is economically and socially stronger when all children, including undocumented immigrants, attend school.

Herrera also argued against the executive order for turning local law enforcement officials into federal immigration officers, claiming that such a move “breeds distrust of local government and officials who have no power to change federal laws.”

San Francisco’s lawsuit marks the first filed against the executive order, out of the nearly 300 sanctuary cities across the country. According to Herrera, San Francisco is home to nearly 30,000 undocumented residents.

H/T: The Hill 

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