President Trump intensifying work on sanctuary cities, tax plan
- Author: Archie Newman Apr 27, 2017,
Apr 27, 2017, 2:16
Trump signed an executive order to do just that, but just last night a judge blocked that order, declaring the decree from Trump unconstitutional. "See you in the Supreme Court!".
"Out of our very big country, with many choices, does everyone notice that both the "ban" case and now the "sanctuary" case is brought in the Ninth Circuit, which has a awful record of being overturned (close to 80%)", Trump wrote over two tweets.
Trump says sanctuary cities put Americans at risk by refusing to hold immigrants who have been arrested or convicted of serious crimes until immigration agents can take them into custody and deport them.
Most sanctuary cities - which include New York City, Los Angeles and Seattle - provide some protections to unauthorized immigrants by not fully cooperating with federal immigration authorities.
Press secretary Sean Spicer called the block an "egregious overreach by a single, unelected district judge".
The first comment was evidence that the administration intended the executive order to apply broadly to all sorts of federal funding, and not a relatively small pot of grant money as the Department of Justice had argued, the judge said.
Out of our very big country, with many choices, does everyone notice that both the "ban" case and now the "sanctuary" case is brought in the 9th Circuit, which has a awful record of being overturned (close to 80%).
Orrick issued the temporary judgment in a lawsuit against the executive order targeting sanctuary cities.
In February, the Ninth Circuit ruled against the White House order to suspend immigration from seven mostly-Muslim countries as well as all refugees.
Orrick said Trump can not set new conditions on spending approved by Congress.
In court, the government's lawyers suggested cities and towns were overreacting to the order because federal officials have not yet defined sanctuary cities or moved to withhold funding from them. "The president has called it "a weapon" to use against jurisdictions that disagree with his preferred policies of immigration enforcement".
The administration has often criticized the 9th circuit.
"I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the president of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and constitutional power", Sessions said on "The Mark Levin Show".
The 9th Circuit, which covers nine states, including California, is the biggest in the country in terms of area and population, and it was indeed reversed by the Supreme Court in eight of 10 cases that the Supreme Court reviewed and decided last term.