A San Francisco judge blocked President Donald Trump’s executive order to withhold federal funds from sanctuary cities nationwide.
Two communities in Northern California, San Francisco and Santa Clara County, won a preliminary injunction by Obama-appointed U.S. District Judge William Orrick III.
Sanctuary cities provide safe harbor for illegal aliens by refusing to use local resources to inform federal immigration authorities about the immigration status of individuals. In reality, it prevents illegal aliens from being deported.
Santa Clara County receives about $1.7 billion in federal and federally dependent funds annually, about 35 percent of its total revenues. The county argued it was owed millions of dollars of federal funding every day and that its budgetary planning process had been thrown into disarray by the order.
The Justice Department said the counties had taken an overly broad interpretation of the president’s order, which would affect only Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security funds, a fraction of the grant money received by the counties.
Judges continue to block Trump’s plans to keep Americans safe.