A federal court has permanently blocked US President Donald Trump’s executive order to cut federal funds for sanctuary cities, calling it “unconstitutional on its face.”
Sanctuary cities are those limiting co-operation with US immigration authorities. In response, the federal government had threatened to withhold funding to those cities.
The Monday injunction comes after US District Judge William 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.
“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,” Orrick ruled.
The judge had previously put a temporary hold on the executive order.
The Trump administration has appealed that decision to the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals.