Judge William Orrick of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has permanently blocked the President’s order attempting to cut federal funding from cities that restrict cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities. As the SF Gate reports, Judge Orrick spurned administration arguments that the sought-for Executive Order only applied to a small portion of federal monies and was therefore not an improper limit on funds already approved by Congress. “President Trump might be able to tweet whatever comes to mind, but he can’t grant himself new authority because he feels like it,” the judge said in a statement.
Lieff Cabraser contributed to a series of briefing efforts in the federal courts on behalf of dozens of cities and counties seeking to support lawsuits filed by the municipalities in attempts to halt the executive order from impermissibly intruding on the independence of local governments. The briefs argued that the loss of funding would present significant risks to public health and safety, and would shift the federal government’s unpaid tab to local residents, as well as noting that victims of domestic violence or witnesses to crime would likely leave crimes unreported rather than risk going to local authorities if they faced a risk of detention by federal immigration authorities.
The decision is a testament to the efforts of cities and counties across the nation, representing over 24 million people, joining together and standing up for the health and safety of their communities in opposition to President Trump’s ill-conceived and unconstitutional Executive Order that would have required local jurisdictions to perform federal immigration work or risk losing unrelated federal funding.