Fed judge rules Trump defunding sanctuary cities is ‘unconstitutional on its face’

Fed judge rules Trump defunding sanctuary cities is ‘unconstitutional on its face’

A federal court on Monday ruled to block President Trump’s executive order halting certain federal funds for so-called sanctuary cities, calling it “unconstitutional on its face.”

“The defendants are permanently enjoined from enforcing Section 9(a) of the Executive Order against jurisdictions they deem as sanctuary jurisdictions. Because Section 9(a) is unconstitutional on its face, and not simply in its application to the plaintiffs here, a nationwide injunction against the defendants other than President Trump is appropriate,” U.S. District Judge William Orrick ruled.

The injunction comes after Orrick issued a temporary ruling in late April that blocked Trump’s directive to withhold some federal funding from cities that refuse to comply fully with immigration enforcement, siding with San Francisco and Santa Clara County.

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