Who knew it was unconstitutional for President Trump to stop funding cities who refuse to comply with federal law? That is the latest decision by District Court Judge William Orrick, regarding the president’s attempts to defund sanctuary cities.
On Monday, Orrick blocked President Trump’s executive order to stop funding cities that refuse to cooperate with U.S. immigration officials. The ruling came in response to two lawsuits filed by San Francisco and Santa Clara counties in California.
After taking office in January, the president issued the executive order. The order cracks-down on cities who repeatedly fail to honor Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests. Cities like Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco are the biggest offenders.
Several state and local officials, all Democrat, have openly refused to comply with ICE. In April, Newark, NJ Mayor Ras Baraka compared those who enforce immigration laws to “fugitive slave traders.” NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel have also openly defied the president’s directives.
Judge Orrick claimed that the president could not legally change or add new conditions on spending already approved by Congress. “The President has called it ‘a weapon’ to use against jurisdictions that disagree with his preferred policies of immigration enforcement,” Orrick wrote.
Immigration and national security experts agree that sanctuary cities are a threat to the safety of the public. These safe havens essentially harbor fugitives, many of whom have already been charged with or convicted of crimes. Some of them have proven deadly for American citizens.
Nevertheless, sanctuary city advocates celebrated the decision. San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera issued a statement saying the executive order was “unconstitutional before the ink on it was even dry.” He further stated, “We live in a democracy. No one is above the law, including the president.”
Apparently, there are people above the law, since it’s a crime to be in the country illegally. But we all know- the law matters very little to some. What’s important to them is garnering votes and obstructing President Trump at every turn.
Justice Department spokesman Devin O’Malley also responded to the ruling. “The District Court exceeded its authority today when it barred the President from instructing his cabinet members to enforce existing law,” he said. “The Justice Department will vindicate the President’s lawful authority to direct the executive branch.”