President Donald Trump’s Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States, which prioritizes immigration enforcement, has prompted legal challenges from two California cities.
A U.S. District Judge is supporting the arguments of cases brought by the cities of San Francisco and Santa Clara County.
Per Associated Press:
U.S. District Judge William Orrick issued the preliminary injunction in two lawsuits – one brought by the city of San Francisco, the other by Santa Clara County – against an executive order targeting communities that protect immigrants from deportation.
The injunction will stay in place while the lawsuits work their way through court.
The judge said that President Donald Trump cannot set new conditions for the federal grants at stake. And even if he could, the conditions would have to be clearly related to the funds at issue and not coercive, Orrick said.
“Federal funding that bears no meaningful relationship to immigration enforcement cannot be threatened merely because a jurisdiction chooses an immigration enforcement strategy of which the president disapproves,” the judge said.
The two city governments have previously disagreed with the Trump administration over how much funding could be cut:
A Justice Department attorney, Chad Readler, had defended the president’s executive order as an attempt to use his “bully pulpit” to “encourage communities and states to comply with the law.”
And he said the order applied to only three Justice Department and Homeland Security grants that would affect less than $1 million for Santa Clara County and possibly no money for San Francisco.
But the judge disagreed, saying the order was written broadly to “reach all federal grants” and potentially jeopardizes hundreds of millions of dollars in funding to San Francisco and Santa Clara.